Thursday, October 20, 2011
Recently, the issue of parent accountability has been in the front of my mind when it comes to school. Ironically, I just came across this blog post tonight : Parent Accountability. While I do not agree with everything this blogger states (I don't always think it is best for kids to be taken out of home), I do agree that parents should be expected to step it up!!! Over the past few years, I have seen more and more cases of schools not only teaching academics and character education, but having to meet the basic needs to children (such as feeding, bathing, dressing) because the parents are not. I am not being dramatic. Yet, at the same time, teachers and students are expected to keep raising test scores. Let's get real.....before a child can worry about test scores, his basic needs have to be met. If his teacher is working on his basic needs, then that takes time away from working on the academics to raise the scores. Something has got to give! Either the government needs to hold parents more accountable (which is what I vote to happen!) OR the government needs to recognize that the teacher role is far more than providing an academic education that can be measured by a test and that I must meet the childs needs before I can raise the scores. Thoughts?
"Teachers make great thieves"...ever heard that quote? It is a very true! Most of our great ideas are "stolen" from someone else. Not all ideas on this blog are mine. I try to give credit where credit is due. However, if you find that an idea should have been given credit but wasn't, please let me know.
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