For the past few years, I have been hearing anecdotes from my peers about, “Oh my parents work in the field all day long,” “They don’t know how to read or write,” “There is little economic opportunity for them and they can’t get better jobs.” A fact I can’t seem to understand is how, despite many students performing decently in terms of writing and reading, they’re parents still don’t know how to read at least.
Don’t get me wrong, I do understand that some parents work long days, especially in a mostly farmer community. Parents may not have “enough time” to learn something or care to do so. Students may also be “heavily busy” concerned with school-related work (at least those who don’t have a job after school).
However, it is known for a fact that neither parents nor students spend the ENTIRE day doing their own duties. At least a minimum of 3 hours of a day is left for students and their parents to have interactions. Why not make use of that interaction time and dedicate it to the education of low-educated parents?
I know it would be hard at the beginning to understand for them but practice leads to advancement. I know elders who dedicate at least an hour trying to read and write with no prior experience that has gotten way better in a few months.