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    Filed at 12:47 pm under by dcobranchi

    For parents.

    Parents at the Pennington and Porter schools [in Pr. William County], two specialty schools that draw children from across the county, sign a contract pledging to volunteer at least 10 hours for every child they have enrolled. If they don’t, their children may be returned to their base school, although to date that has not happened.

    …There is no punishment for Tennessee parents who choose not to get involved. But the state legislature there debated all sorts of carrot-and-stick approaches, [Douglas Wood, executive director of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching at Columbia University’s Teachers College] said. Facetiously, one person even suggested jail time for the recalcitrant.

    “There’s a general sense of urgency and, in some cases, frustration that parents are not as involved as they ought to be,” Wood said.

    I believe the proper response to legislators and edu-crats who feel this way has something to do with “the horse you rode in on.”


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 3:09 pm

    So, we’ll put you in jail if you don’t bring your kid to school, and we’ll put you in jail if you bring your kid to school. And although we realize “involved parents have successful children”, please don’t teach them yourselves.

    Funny that this one slipped in:

    “If the teachers were required to take this, they would do a lot better in the classroom.”

    Comment by
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 4:39 pm

    That was a good one. I liked this too

    “In general, involved parents have successful children”

    Maybe we should shutter the schools and mandate homeschooling for all? The parents will have to be involved that way 🙂

    Comment by
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 4:42 pm

    Oh Chris, don’t say things like that! They’ll think you are a wacko anti-school terrorist that believes all children should be homeschooled! 😮

    Comment by
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 8:15 pm


    Who says I’m not? 😉

    Actually I’m not. I know plenty of people who should absolutely not homeschool. Actually, they never should have reproduced in the first place – but it’s too late to do anything about that!