It is the wish of every parent to have children who are educated and at the same time with high moral standards. However, there is a large controversy between teachers and parents pertaining to their roles in maintaining the discipline of the child. According to the teachers, the parents are responsible for the moral life of their child because the parent introduces the child to a decent life since its birth. In addition, the parent is the absolute owner of the child (Keyes, n.d.). On the other hand, parents feel that teachers should take a bigger responsibility as the child spends most of its time at school, which is a good opportunity for the teacher to correct its discipline (Galinsky, 1988). In view of this, the teacher has a greater influence on the child’s behavior. Therefore, the child should acquire discipline from school and that this discipline is reflected in the life of such a child.
Teachers and parents are crucial people in the life of a child. At home, the child interacts with its parents, but while at school the child is answerable to the teacher. The child spends most of their time at school, and especially those children in boarding school. Researches show that parents have a greater responsibility in defining the moral behavior of a child. This is because they are able to handle the child with care, and induce punishment in a more credible manner. In fact, the parent is duly responsible of the behavior of their children.
In conclusion, the behavior of a child is defined right from its upbringing even before the child attends school. This early upbringing influences the behavior of this child even at school. A teacher only serves as a secondary support to the child’s behavior. They only take a higher responsibility in inducing academic discipline to the child.