Who’s teaching your kids today, what are they being taught?


“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way…” So says the Whitney Houston song. I am mom to two sons, 24 and 20. My oldest is in college in Arizona on an ROTC path and his brother just reported to Turkey to get acclimated before being inserted into Afghanistan. I offer that tidbit of information so you know I’m a parent.

Why is the Chamber talking about children and parenting?

I also sit on the Career and Technical Education Advisory committee for the CK School District with several area employers.

One of the recurring themes discussed is a frustration around having ready, willing and able employees coming out of high school and into the work force; having students who have learned, through some variety of means, the skills necessary to be successful. The skills I refer to are customer service, etiquette, a dedication to attendance and a desire to be truly present on the job site.

Are these skills something a student is supposed to learn in a classroom or are they skills that should be taught at home? Who is supposed to teach a young adult that being at work when you are supposed to be at work isn’t a choice but rather a prerequisite to remain employed? Who is responsible for making sure young adults looking for a job know that texting on the job, keeping a cell phone on and surfing the latest fad social network is a quick way to unemployment?

When did it become the responsibility of educators to teach basic survival skills to students? Isn’t this a parental responsibility?

My third (I think) major was education, I wanted to be a teacher. I made it as far as my practicum when I realized in the classroom that teachers were spending way too much time teaching things that should have been taught at home. I didn’t want to parent 30 kids, so I decided liberal arts might be better for me.

Changing times, economic struggles and more have contributed to a decline in the cohesiveness of the family unit. A sit-down dinner is almost a thing of the past as family members buzz in and out of the house.

Bringing the families back together, even if for a single night a week is a start. This is why the Chamber’s talking about children and parenting this month. The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage you to attend the fourth annual Central Kitsap Family Night April 7 at the President’s Hall. The event will feature entertainment, interactive displays, games and more with the hope of giving you some ideas and tools to start or build on your own Family Night.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Military Appreciation Day on April 4 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Show your support for area service members and their families and find out what happens behind the gates of NBK.

As always, you are invited to attend our monthly luncheon. This month, our featured speaker is Capt. Mark Olson, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap. The lunch will be on March 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Advanced reservations are required for this luncheon.

If you want more information about what’s going on at the Chamber, you can subscribe to our weekly e-mail newsletter by sending a note to subscribe@silverdalechamber.com. Until next month, remember to shop Silverdale!

Darla Murker is the executive director of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce. She appears the third Friday of the month in the CK Reporter.

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