Education is not simply another profession. Educators play a key role in the development of healthy individuals who can either play a constructive or destructive role in society. Just as educators impact what kind of people we become, the home environment, school setting, and other social factors impact educational pursuits. Where these factors are unhealthy, educating students will be far more difficult. To combat negative influences and capitalize on constructive social elements, schools need to understand how home, school, and community influence education.
While our social connections shape who we are, the attitudes of individuals are reflected in the aspirations and values of their communities as well as society. Consequently, a community, which values education, will create individuals with pro-education attitudes. Of course, these expectations go beyond the pursuit of education as the economic and personal awards a community offers members also reflect how much the community values learning. Finally, society also influences what learning experiences are valued.
Meanwhile, schools impact students in ways other than ensuring proper supplies are available and providing a safe, constructive environment. How a school evaluates academic success can encourage some students to do better while undermining other students. For example, the fault of most grading systems is their accumulative nature. Learning is a process, which is successful once a skill or bit of knowledge is mastered, versus a collection of periodic assessments. Unless grades and the mastery of skills are balanced, this grading system awards only the immediately successful and punishes those who needed until the end of the learning cycle to succeed.
Furthermore, home is the primary learning environment. From childhood up, people spend more time learning from their family, friends, and associates. As such, these influences impact both perspectives on education and how well a student will perform. If education is considered a high priority and loved ones support student achievement, their encouragement plays a constructive part in the educational process. Without support, schools cannot achieve success while negative attitudes toward education only hinder the success of students and schools.
Educational goals cannot be about ensuring a school produces academically successful graduates. Educational goals must exist to build up the community in which the schools operate as well as improving the lifestyles of families and producing lifelong learning. The goals of schools must include the success of students, teachers, administrators, and family members, because all individuals of the community must support education as they impact whether or not education can be successful.