Responsibility, A Shared Principle

Updated on September 13, 2016
One mother and one father at home to watch over their own...
One mother and one father at home to watch over their own...

Just who is responsible for their children's best welfare, we all may ask,

Is it only the parents, family members, those to perform this needful task?

When at home, no other place to roam, must it be the mother and father,

The sisters and brothers, family of all others, outside members, not bother?

other family members to help in the needful environment...
other family members to help in the needful environment...

When children are at school, there to follow the Golden Rule, get their learning,

The teacher, school members, to be the sentinels, instructors, this concerning.

Aided by the counselors, assistants and principals, to get their finest education,

Parents to assist when called, in conferences, supporting classroom expectation.

Does it require a village to raise a child?
Does it require a village to raise a child?

Does it truly require a village to raise a child, to bring a smile, all's approval,

Every precious member of the town, the proprietors and everyone around?

The best interest of our children to be, in this most wonderful land of the free,

So depends on each, everyone, before their course is run, of each sweet pea.

A child's future depends upon everyone in the entire village...
A child's future depends upon everyone in the entire village...

Does the education of all, deserve the best, our call, governments much to add,

As every congressman to run, education number one, until in offices, is so sad?

Stand behind what they say, not just the future, but everyday, it must be this way,

Each man, woman to be, growing up, in this world we see, intelligence to display.

Yes, it truly does take a village to raise each child, is displayed by every smile,

Butcher, Baker, candlestick maker, in turn, send a lesson to learn, all the while.

The finest support of the entire town, helps each one's self-esteem to abound,

We are the Family of Man, as we walk hand in hand, all's respect to resound.

Yes, it does take a village to raise every child...Parents are not the only responsible ones...
Yes, it does take a village to raise every child...Parents are not the only responsible ones...


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    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from United States

      Thank you my friend. So much negative feedback these days. For every one bad seed one hundred more are there to remind us of who our great friends were over the years. Thanks for your nice review. whonu

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      Deb Hirt 

      21 months ago

      Teachers really do deserve more than they receive in return. I believe that teachers help to shape us into what we are or have become. Excellent tribute.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago from United States

      Thank you Eric. I know that we do not live in a perfect world by any means, my friend. Blessings. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 

      22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really enjoyed this. We have this duty thing in our home. If we are parents of one child in school, then we owe a duty to the other children. It hits hard at home here as so many of our children, have parents away on deployment protecting our freedom. We just do not see that there is any choice in the matter.

      Sadly I think sometimes we kind of fail in spirit. Sometimes we do it because we must - not because we want to.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago from United States

      My friend I have shared a similar experience with my oldest son who perished in a train wreck two years ago. He was adopted by my wife and I and from the start we had similar problems as you told about. We adopted this child who was a student in my class of the emotionally disturbed. Over all those years we experienced lots of upsetting situations but we never gave up on our son. Counselors may help, or not. Sometimes. although we try our best, nothing seems to work. My heartfelt feelings go out to you and your son. Bless you for commenting. whonu

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago from United States

      Blossom you have summed up my entire poem perfectly. Thank you for your wisdom and understanding. Michael my friend, If we do not try to aim for higher goals we shall never attain them. Thank you for your review. whonu

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      22 months ago

      A PERFECT perspective for all adult folks.

      How nice, how idealistic, desirable though at a present time non realistic.

      There was a timne when the parents and family members (godly and carying) by example mostly led children into the wisdom of adulthood.

      Your fourh line of first verse a wantable dream - in most of existing educational institutions.

      The godliness my friend, the fear of God is missing in the hearts of most of the adults who are influnced along with their children by the Hollywood presentations programs of unrealistic utopia ...

      We all are exposed to daily news reports of increasing problems related to loosing generations due to - failling something as your ' gospel' of last verse suggest.

      Soli Deo Gloria.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely confirmation of those who choose teaching as a career and then do it to the best of their ability, but it is true that there are also many other influences in children's lives and they all contribute to their education.

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      22 months ago

      I got rid of my son's Nintendo player years ago, when he cursed and threw the paddles things on the floor. I had just paid $100 for it. This was about 1989. He had been suspended from school for not attending. I got up every morning and made sure he was bathed and dressed but he was only pretending to go to school. The school didn't alert me about his absence for a whole month and then they blamed me. Too many times parents get blamed when a child refuses to behave. I have another son who never gets into trouble. I don't think it's my fault about my other one. The Nintendo ended up smashed on the floor. I was going to throw it in the trash because my son wouldn't stop swearing. He blocked me (he was bigger than me at age 14) so I took it into the basement and smashed it with a splitting maul. I think that woke him up a bit. And he has had years of useless counseling. Now, he's in jail (again) and he's going to be 40 years old in the spring. If he's got something mentally wrong with him, then why haven't all of these wise counselors and educators helped him? He was never beaten, starved, etc.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago from United States

      As a special education teacher for many years I attended quite a few IEP meetings. I was fortunate to be in a system where most parents cared about their children, but sometimes there were some disappointments. Thank you for your nice words of encouragement my friend. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      22 months ago from Central Florida

      Nice dedication to teachers, whonu. Our teachers help parents rear our children. When my son was in school I made it a point to meet his teachers every year. We'd have two annual IEP meetings with teachers and guidance. I was surprised when I was commended for attending. Apparently, many parents don't care enough to get involved in their children's education. Sad.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      22 months ago from United States

      This poem was dedicated to our teachers who all mean so much to society and hardly get recognized for their dedication.


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