The Case For the Educated Parent [article]

Wayne Hotlzman
CULTURAL PARTICIPATION has its being in communication. Resoiu-ces in culture are doomed to remain hidden and unattainable unless people possess the capacity to perceive, to learn, and to transmit what is available. The more complex the society, the greater the need for proficiency in communication and for depth of perception. The ability to see, to know, and to understand opens the gateway to sharing in the richness and variety of the creations of man. How far the gate is ajar for any
more » ... is determined, in large measure, by the opportunities he has had to acquire the knowledge, behefs, and values by which men deal with the world as well as the skills to utilize the "artifacts" of this technological culture. Socialization in the family, education in the schools, and participation in community life are major channels for effective human interaction. The imperative for parents is the quality of children they will bear and rear. The openness to experience which they achieve for their young determines the degree to which the potentialities of the child may be developed. The breadth of learning of culture and the depth of its meaning available to children largely foreshadow adult adequacy. The paramount contribution offered by educated parents to their children is the capacity for a participating share in society. Closed doors to cultural variety and richness, and closed minds are
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