I’m Not Sure That Britain’s Policy Of Fining Parents For Student Tardiness Will Really Solve The Problem

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 of just escalating their publicly scolding parents about not getting their kids to school and for not paying the fines.

I know that a good number of my students are late because they have to care for younger siblings, or have to walk them to school, or because the family’s car broke down, or because they have to walk since they don’t have money for the bus.

Yelling at their parents would certainly be cheaper than providing them with the assistance they need….

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