Thursday, January 27, 2011

Should Schools Grade Parents?

The Hot Button Blog is an interesting daily focus in the Life section of The Globe and Mail. A team of writers submit timely topics for consideration.

One such article regards a bill a Florida representative would like the legislature to pass called the Parent Involvement and Accountability in Public Schools. It would see parents of kids from pre-K to Grade 3 assigned a "satisfactory, needs improvement, or unsatisfactory" in these areas:

-Parental response to requests for conferences or communication.
-The student's completion of homework and preparation for tests.
-The student's physical preparation for school that has an effect on mental preparation.
-The frequency of the student's absence and tardiness.

Educators know the importance of the early years of a child's development for learning. Even the efforts of the best primary teacher are compromised by a challenged home environment. It's time for some parents to be much more accountable?