Mandatory Parental Particiaption

Here is a letter to the editor that Johnnie Blackwell wrote in the Gazette.  I could not agree with him more.

Parental participation in school should be MANDATED and legislated.

If a parent or guardian does not spend at least (insert arbitrary number here) hours per year in his⁄her child’s public school, AT EACH LEVEL, the child does not move on to the next level (e.g., from elementary to middle).
The program would approximate the community service requirement currently governing students, except, in order to head off problems up front, the requirements would be heaviest during elementary and middle, then taper off some in high school. And if they’re serious about not leaving any child behind, then the federal government will enforce and subsidize such policies. The government itself would offer extra time off for its employees to fulfill their in-school time requirements, and would create carrots — and sticks — for private industry to behave similarly.

Left to its own devices, our public school systems (especially Prince George’s) are simply in for more of the same mediocrity, and that’s a kind assessment.

Johnnie H. Blackwell, Beltsville


3 Responses

  1. Thank god.

  2. You can’t legislate concern. True parental involvement in education starts AT HOME with the basics, such as helping with HOMEwork. If a parent cares about their kids’ education, they participate at a grass roots level. They show up at the dining room table, the public library, etc… A law can mandate attendance (and cost the tax payers a lot of money to oversee and enforce), but it can’t mandate concern. Without it, there will always be numerous kids left behind.

  3. This is a waaaaaay late response to DMMD, but he or she clearly did not pay close attention to what I wrote. I really don’t care whether the parents actually show “concern.” My whole point was to get their lazy carcasses into the schools. Once they witness first hand the level of disrespect prevalent there, they will not be able to help but become concerned. What I’m proposing really has nothing (and everything) to do with what happens at the dining room table. It does not in any way preclude that interaction.

    So your counter proposal is to do what? More of the same NOTHING! That’s the same insane logic that’s gotten us where we are. Do you expect to continue doing exactly the same thing and one day get a different, better, outcome?

    Hello?! What would you rather your tax dollars go towards, preventing this kids from becoming criminal minded, or paying for their incarceration over the course of 50 or so years?

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