Classmates are more important influence than parents on a child’s success in school?
It is parents and classmates who play important roles in a child’s life. Recently, however, there have been strong debates on whether or not classmates are more important influence than parents on a child’s success in school. Many people argue that classmates are more important. Contrary to the opinion of many people is my heartfelt agreement with the idea that parents are more significant influence.
It is unquestionable fact that a child is very much under the influence of classmates. In school, he/she always stay with classmates. He/She and their classmates often encounter similar things. They play similar games, listen to similar music, read similar books, watch similar movie and television programs and have similar habits and questions. All these similar things make a child feel classmates are persons who know him/her. So he/she often make friends with classmates. This is helpful to a child’s success because friends can help when he/she have difficult problems.
Considerable though influence that a child’s classmates have is, can’t we ignore the influence of parents who are the best teachers of a child. As soon as a child was born, parents monitor him/her. It is parents who really understand a child rather than classmates, even though he/she may not comprehend this fact. Parents know their child’s everything, such as his/her defects, strengths and think. So they know the problems what he/she may encounter in school. Before these difficult problems emerge, they can teach their child how to deal with them. Parent’s help is very useful for a child.
What is more, parents can help their child organize his/her time in order to improve their study. Children always lack of the ability to restrain themselves. As a consequence, their parents need to help their child make plans to make his/her spend more time on studying rather than playing games. In contrast, classmates, especially friends often call the child to play computer games, or football. Therefore, the child has less time to study. Needless to say, he/she is less likely to succeed in school.
Finally, parents tell their child what are love, honesty and helpfulness through their behavior or words. For example, when a child makes a mistake, classmates may laugh at his/her. Parents, however, help him/her to correct the mistake and encourage the child. This will make them comprehend love. The child who is full of love, helpful and honest is more likely to succeed in school.
Considering all the factors above, we can safely draw the undoubted conclusion that parents are more important influence on a child’s success in school.
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