I’ve written a fair amount about the ridiculous use of fines and threatening jail against parents in Britain who take their kids out of school for short vacations. The Telegraph has just published another article on the policy that’s worth checking out: Do these caring parents deserve to go to prison?
I recently wrote a post titled Proposal to Let Principals Levy Fines On “Bad Parents” In Britain – That Sure Will Help Develop Parent Engagement about a ridiculous idea by Ofsted (which I believe is roughly equivalent to the U.S. Department of Education). Eileen Prior, who is head of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, a […]
Schools in Britain have instituted a policy of fining parents (and it’s a hefty one) when students are late for school. I’m not sure that this type of punishment is really going to solve the problem. And since it appears the fines are being ignored, you’d think school leaders there would figure that out instead […]
I have an extensive “Best” list at my other blog titled A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying. In addition, I’ve published several posts in this blog about bullying resources specifically for parents, and thought bringing them together in one list would be useful. You can find all my parent “Best” […]
Busting parents won’t stop cyberbullies, experts say is from NBC News. Here’s an excerpt I particularly liked: Tragedies like Sedwick’s suicide can spark the hunt for a scapegoat, but prosecuting parents isn’t the solution, says Sameer Hinduja, a criminal justice professor at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. “Legislators and politicians […]
My advice to parents is featured in tomorrow’s USA Weekend, the Sunday Magazine carried by many newspapers across the country. The article What teachers want you to know, ends with this: Research suggests that one of the best things parents can do to support a child is to help him/her develop a motivation to learn. […]
Steve Constantino sent out a tweet about a very interesting study titled The effects of parental involvement on students’ academic self-efficacy, engagement and intrinsic motivation. Basically, it find that making calls home to parents when there are problems with the child at school generally leads to negative parent/child interactions. These, in turn, typically result in […]
I’ve found several good resources ideas on how parents can best help their children learn (including ideas on how to best respond to problems their children are having in school), and decided to bring them together in one post. You can see all my parent engagement-related “The Best” lists here. Here are my picks for […]
I’ve posted a lot about good parent engagement/involvement ideas, but sometimes you can learn just as much from looking at bad examples. You can see lots of good ideas at all my parent engagement-related “The Best” lists here. Here are my choices for The Worst Parent Engagement Ideas: Putting Parents in Charge is a condescending […]
Are Parents Making The Grade?is a good post by Tara Zrinski challenging the perspective that punishing punishments will enhance parent engagement in schools. You can see my previous posts on the same topic here.
As most readers know, Rahm Emanuel is favored to become the next Mayor of Chicago, where there is mayoral control of public schools. In his response to the question “Please explain how you would encourage more parental involvement in the public schools. Do you support tying parental involvement to school funding or what schools should […]
Yesterday, I posted about a Florida legislator’s proposal to have teachers grade parents. Late last year, I wrote about a Michigan prosecutors plan to jail parents who didn’t attend parent-teacher conferences. Now, an Indiana legislator wants parents to perform community service if their child misbehaves in school, apparently targeting instances of bullying. I’ll admit that […]
Here’s another bad idea to promote parent engagement in schools — a Michigan prosecutor wants to make it illegal for a parent to miss a scheduled parent-teacher conference. As I wrote in my post about an equally ill-conceived plan to make parent involvement mandatory in a San Jose school District (see “School to Parents: Volunteer […]