If Children Fail, Are Parents to Blame?

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If Children Fail, Are Parents to Blame?
Mon, 05-23-2011 - 11:29am

Do you think parents should be legally held accountable for how their children do in school?

Teachers are fed up with being blamed for the failures of American education, and legislators are starting to hear them. A spate of bills introduced in various states now takes aim squarely at the parents. If you think you can legislate teaching, the notion goes, why not try legislating parenting?

It is a complicated idea, taking on the controversial question of whether parents, teachers or children are most to blame when a child fails to learn.

Who's Failing Grade Is It?-

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Registered: 02-08-2011
Mon, 05-23-2011 - 12:50pm
I'd say both yes and no. From experience in the schools I've noticed that there are just a lot of parents that don't care. They don't seem to put in an effort to be a part of their child's education and I think their children would do so much better in school with involved parents.

On the other hand, I think there are a lot of kids out there that try like crazy and seem to have really involved parents, but struggle in school for one reason or another (learning disabilities for example). I just don't think you can lay blame on parents alone because there are so many factors that are involved.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.~ Dr Seuss

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Tue, 05-31-2011 - 9:39am

I'd have to say yes and no as well. I think they have to take into consideration all the budget and teacher cuts as well.

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Registered: 05-28-2011
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 6:13pm

That's a hard one.

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 10:16am

Excellent points.