The Parent/Child/Teacher Model
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When Michelangelo went to Rome to see the Pope prior to being employed to build the Great Dome of St Peters and paint the Sistine Chapel, he took a reference with him which said: The bearer of these presents is Michelangelo the sculptor, his nature is such that he requires to be drawn out by kindness and encouragement but if love be shown him and he be treated really well, he will accomplish things that will make the whole world wonder/
This chapter is primarily for parents who are seen as partners with the professionals in the educational process to make children whole. However, the chapter will be helpful to all concerned in the education of children; and, of course, many teachers are parents themselves. It is based on the assumption that children are the most precious natural resource in the world and that parents are a child's most important teacher, particularly in the early crucial years. Parents need to be familiar with the language of education and to know what is going on in schools. If very young children could articulate their feelings, they might well say, 'Learning about myself and the world around me is my work. Your part is loving and supporting me'. Good parenting, then, is an essential part of educating children, but the parent of a child with gifts and talents also faces obstacles, risks, challenges, errors and joys. This is where it is essential for teachers and parents to be sensitive to each other's problems and to help one another.