Counselors at Garner High School are pulling out all the stops to attract people to their open house event Thursday night.
It ought not be so hard to get young people and their parents interested in learning about the new school their children are about to attend. It ought not be so hard to get parents of current students out on a weeknight to get the scoop on what opportunities exist at their children’s school.
But it is what it is. Parent apathy is ridiculously high these days when it comes to their children’s education. To many parents figure their role ends at the bus stop.
To try to attract new and existing students – and their families – the staff at Garner High will create a carnival-like atmosphere designed to make the experience fun.
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That will, to be sure, attract some people, and so that approach may prove successful.
But amidst all the fun, parents need to be all about the serious business at hand. They need to come armed with questions. What will my child’s daily life be like on campus? Will the teachers be demanding and hold high expectation of my child? What opportunites exist for my child to do more than just come to school and go home in the afternoon? How does this International Baccalaureate thing work? And, is it really worth all the academic hard work? How will Garner High School work with my child to make sure he doesn’t get “lost” among the thousands of students on campus each day? And what role is there for parents to play in the daily life of the school and, in particular, in my child’s education?
Those are the kinds of serious questions every parent should want to know. We all want our children to leave high school truly prepared for whatever comes next, whether that’s working in a trade or going off to a college or university.
We can assure you of this. The counselors, administrators and teachers at that school can answer those questions for you. And they can do it Thursday night. They are making themselves available to parents and students and their sole focus that night will be on answering your questions.
So enjoy the carnival. But come to the open house prepared to learn a little something. Most of all, just show up.