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Response to dkf (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:26 PM

5. Don't put all the blame on the parents

Even the shitty parents.

25 or so years ago, I found out there was to be an "awards assembly" at my kids' school. I didn't know if my kids were getting any awards or not (they were in 4th and 3rd grades respectively), but i took the afternoon off work to attend. As it turned out, my husband and I were the only parents in attendance. We found out the principal didn't think parents would be interested.

The following year, after we had publicized the event just to the parents of our kids' friends, more than 30 parents joined us. None of them had known anything about it until we told them.

Word spread quickly. Three years after that, when my daughter was graduating 8th grade, the gym was completely packed with parents.

This was a school in which over 30% of students qualified for free lunches, and at least 25% had limited or no English at home.

It's so easy to put blame on one group or the other, because it's always a group we're not in. It's always "them." The shitty parents, the disconnected principals, the poorly prepared TFA teachers, etc., etc., etc.

No, it's all of us. And we have to work from wherever we're at.


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