More and more, the buck seems to start and end with teachers.
We seem to be the only ones held "accountable" for all that goes on in our classrooms, and it is frustrating!
It's become the norm to send a child to school and hope for the best.
If I post videos and sites you can use to supplement what your child is learning in school, why aren't they using it?
If I send email reminders, and newsletters, with information about what is going on in class, why is it you still don't know?
If I ask you to read one of your child's posts on their blogs the entire school year, why is it you haven't read a single one?
Why is the test checklist signed every week, but their grades are a surprise at conferences?
If I send an email, could you take a second and say you received it? Or even respond to it if a response is required?
Why can trip slips come back in a day, but important notices take repeated phone calls?
Why have I never met you during the course of the school year?
All parents do not work two-three jobs, are homeless, suffer from poverty, are on drugs, or alcoholics. This seems to be the consensus of why parental support is lacking. Others believe parental involvement is not necessary or useful.
I don't want parents held "accountable", just as I don't want teachers to suffer from "accountability."
What I do want is a parent who realizes they need to join us in providing an education for their child. School is not a day care center. You can't drop them off, pick them up, and that's it. I know supportive, involved, parents exist, because I have worked with many of them!
If a teacher provides ways for you to support, and be involved, in your child's education, take advantage of it. If they don't, find out why. If you don't know what to do, get help! But be involved, your child is worth it!