Are Parents to Blame When a Child Fails at School?

As a parent, you’re responsible for a lot of things your kid does, whether you like it or not. You’re the first to hear about how polite he was at his friend’s birthday party last week, and the one passersby glare at when he has a meltdown at Chuck E. Cheese because he doesn’t want to leave. And now, you (and your wallet) may be on the hook if your child is failing at school: both Alaska and California recently passed laws allowing parents to be fined or brought up on charges if children are repeatedly truant.

It's just one topic MSNBC tackled in its special Making the Grade, which focused on various issues facing our nation's education system.

What do you think? Should parents be responsible when a child fails at school? Watch the edition of iVillage's The Conversation Thread that discusses the topic, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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