Donna Barger: All-powerful parents

May 13, 2013 

All-powerful parents

In regards to Terry Stoops’ comment in the May 11 article “Advocates sound off on schools” that, “I think there is a renewed emphasis on giving power to parents,” I guess when a parent goes to see the pediatrician, she tells the doctor how to treat the child!

Those of us who actually work in the trenches know that we are constantly trying to get parents involved with their child’s education. A parent wants a child’s grade changed – BAM – parent phone call, and the child is passing. A child misbehaved outrageously – BOOM – parent meeting and little or no consequences result. The child complains teacher gives homework – POW – edict comes down that a teacher can’t count homework for more than 15 percent and has to give at least nine weeks to make up the work if a student decides he doesn’t want to turn it in on time.

Parents have all the power. I would like tie student test scores to parent accountability and not 100 percent to teacher accountability.

Donna Barger, Fuquay-Varina

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