When I was in school, the teachers ran the show. Now days, the parents do. If it’s too cold, school is cancelled. If there’s too much water on the road, school is cancelled. It snows 2 inches, school is cancelled.
Is this because it is too dangerous for the kids to go to school? No. It’s because the school districts are scared that they will anger parents and in return, they will face lawsuits or lose parental funding and support.
Please don’t misunderstand. I love my son being home, but I also love him getting an education. Therefore, unless there is a valid reason to cancel classes for the day, he needs to be in school.
Speaking of education, my son no longer gets homework. He hasn’t brought home a single worksheet since the school year started, so we’ve been creating our own homework and reading assignments. Recently, I asked his teacher about this and her answer was, “Parents were getting angry with the extra work in the afternoons, because they didn’t want to spend the time helping their children do it.”
Parents don’t want to spend time helping their children to succeed? There is something very wrong with that picture. The teacher also said that when they used to send homework, either it wouldn’t be turned back in or it would, but with the parent’s handwriting. Only a couple of children out of the entire class would complete it themselves and bring it back. So in an effort to please the parents and also to stop wasting paper, they stopped sending homework.
School is about educating the children. It should not be about pleasing the parents. More importantly, parents should want their children to be educated and should never hinder their success. This whole situation completely baffles me. This is not the educational system I had when growing up. We went to school. We learned. Our teachers weren’t afraid of angering our parents.
Since my son’s teachers won’t be sending homework, I made a point of asking for some. I was informed that the extra work won’t count towards credit, but as I told the teacher, “Credit or not, send it on. The more, the merrier.”
So that’s exactly what she did. Stuffed in his backpack yesterday, was a stack of worksheets including math, spelling and reading comprehension. With a perplexed expression he set them on the counter and said, “My teacher said you asked for these.” He was not nearly as thrilled as I was. He may not appreciate the extra work now, but he will later in life.
I told him that the smartest people in the world didn’t get smart without working at it. They studied, read and learned constantly. He says he wants to be like “Einstein”. If so, then he better get to work.
How do you feel about parents ruling the schools?