There is an old saying that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." It means that if we are silent, our problems (or our children's problems) won't be addressed.
This might be the most important thing to remember about how to make sure our children get the education they need: We have to speak up when there is a problem. We know our children better than anyone else, and we are likely to be the first to recognize when they are not learning all they can.
Sometimes all that's needed is a conversation with a teacher. Other times what's needed is a change in a state law or a local school district policy. Either way, in a democracy it's up to us to speak up for our children, and to be the most effective advocates for them we can be. Their future depends on us.
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