It takes a village to raise a child

By Victoria Burdett

My personal experience

Both my parents have always been very involved in my education and in making sure that I have succeeded. At a young age, they exposed me to many different things. I was always going to museums and doing things in the community we were a part of. I attended a private school until I was in the third grade and I always remember having people from our community coming and talking to us about various things. One day it was firefighters talking to us about fire safety and the next would be a wildlife expert letting us pet and learn about different endangered animal species. It was great and gave the school’s students and myself access to information that we might have not gotten otherwise. After my short stint in private school, I attended a local public elementary school. While in public school and up until I went to college, I went on field trips and got the opportunity to listen to many speakers talk about a lot of different topics. One of the speakers that spoke at the high school I attended spoke to us about getting ready for applying to colleges and what they were looking for in our applications. After hearing the speaker talk about the importance of having a good application, I took it upon myself to get more involved with my school and community. I joined my schools tennis team, joined a club that focused on politics, and started to volunteer in my community. So would I say that a village raised me? Yes, I most definitely would. Without the support of the community around the schools I went to I would not have been able have had as much exposure to different things as I did.

What does it mean in the context of schools?

“It takes a village to raise a child” refers to the community that surrounds a school. When a community is invested in its education system, great things can happen. The relationships that schools make with their local communities become a good way for teachers to pass on information to parents on everything around them that they can be using which can then help the community grow. When this happens, families become more involved in their children’s education and are able to more easily reach out to the community to access different resources. Being able to easily access different opportunities gives students more opportunities to learn things outside of the classroom. Having a community that is willing to offer its support also gives students the chance to get into contact with local businesses and can give them a look into what employers are looking for in the future. It also gives communities an avenue to be able to reach out and get into contact with their local patrons for volunteer opportunities that can be beneficial to everyone. As a result of the relationships between the schools and local communities, they are able to make well rounded students that have a wide range of experiences that they would otherwise not have had the access to.

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Hall, G. E., Quinn, L. F., & Gollnick, D. M. (n.d.). Introduction to teaching: Making a difference in student learning.