A Shout Out to Parents: Is Your Child in School? Do You Know How They’re Doing?

I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that I am a retired teacher. I am still an active mother although my son is now grown. If children aren’t in school, they can’t learn. If they can’t learn, there is not much the future holds for them. Figures show that at least 20% of school-age eligible children never show up to learn! (We are not talking about legitimate absences accompanied by a parental note to explain a child’s illness or family emergency. We are talking about choosing not to go to school.) I can’t help but wonder where the parents are, are they aware of this? Who is asking about a child’s day? Frankford High School is hosting a workshop on Thursday, October 29th, with a choice of convenient meeting times – either 10:00 AM or 6:30 PM. The school wants to address this issue by explaining the process that begins if your child has unexcused absences. But no one wants it to come to that. Patricia O. Green, the Parent and Community Ombudsman, wants to do more by offering parents resources to help and improve their child’s grades. Our schools want your child to succeed. But you need to make the time – isn’t your child and their future worth that? Please plan to attend – I know I will and I hope to see you there!

  • crazymommy

    With the shape public schools are in is it any wonder the kids choose not to go? They are filthy, overcrowded, dangerous and doing a poor job with everything! When my son attended Frankford high (one of the cities most dangeous schools by the way) He had to walk home to use the toilet because the bathrooms there were degusting and filthy. He was mugged and stabbed there (two separate incidents). It was no surprised when he dropped out and then went to the twilight program at northeast hs to get his diploma. It can’t all be blamed on the parents or students. The schools are not safe and are not teaching. American students are way behind students all over the world in knowledge and graduation. The teachers who actually want to teach and who bother to make an effort are not supported by the school district. Even the teachers are not safe. Maybe there should be meetings about making the schools fit to attend to reduce truancy? Talk about spinning the issue!

  • Pat

    Dear Crazymommy:
    You just made the best case for the need for parent involvement in our schools. Thank you for sharing and it’s very true that it is going to take a lot of effort on everyone’s part to improve our schools. We need all concerned parties at the table!