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Bouquets, Not Brickbats

May 04, 2016 by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 07:00 AM

A Mississippi legislator has proposed a bill that will result in parents being graded in terms of their involvement with their children's education. Of course everyone knows that "children who are read to, talked to, and taught patience and self-discipline are far more likely than those who are not to succeed in school". The idea is that it's unreasonable for us to expect schools to do it all. more

Yes, but. As I say in this blog from the archives,  blaming parents for not being involved in their children's education is kind of like the guy who murdered his parents and then threw himself on the court's mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan. There are all kinds of ways that schools can draw parents in, for example letting school councils play a meaningful role, adopting teaching methods that parents can understand, using good textbooks that can go home with the students, facilitating meaningful dialogue with teachers, and reporting students's results objectively and clearly. 

So while I think the Mississippi legislator is on the right track in wanting to encourage parental involvement, I think he's got the wrong end of the stick when it comes to how to achieve it. H/T TA

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