As a teacher for many years I can confirm your comments. The students by lower elementary age are often angry, disruptive, incredibly disrespectful, and have little empathy for others...not to mention insufficient language skills to master reading. Much work must be done by a parent from the child's birth until school age to polish them up so they are ready for academic and social success. My experience is that many parents are not even coming close to accomplishing even the basics of mothering (and fathering).
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