Are schools fair to working parents?

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Are schools fair to working parents?
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Fri, 03-16-2012 - 2:38pm

I said parents because I think that working dads miss out even more than the moms do when it comes to school activites.

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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 3:53pm
Yep; that's my experience, too. What I don't remember are field day, regular class parties, and monthly assemblies to reward kids for stuff like attendance, good behavior, etc. You were just expected to show up, behave well, etc. without getting a "reward." OTOH, with the exception of field day, my kids' elementary school didn't do those things either.
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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 2:37pm
I don't know if moms were "validating" their choices then or not, Maybe we just didn't hear about it b/c there was no internet to read about it on, Lol. The womens movement was just begining when I was a child, And you either loved the Jane Fondas and Gloria steinems or hated them...... Why do you care how involved a SAHM is and how does that affect you? I don't think mothers should have to validate their choices, But we do and we judge others all.the.time.

 

 

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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 12:42pm

I went to school in the 60's and 70's and our moms didn't come to school unless there was a problem or a field trip or a concert but those were at night so dads could attend.

I don't think mothers felt the need to validate themselves back then.

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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 11:32am

Must have been your school district because I remember room mothers, Christmas parties, and May Day celebrations.

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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 7:40am

 

 

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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 12:48am
I'm 52, and my mom volunteered at school. We had room moms, PTA, etc., so I don't think any of that is new. Maybe the number of school activities at some schools has changed.
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Sat, 03-31-2012 - 9:15pm

My mom volunteered, and I am in my 40's.

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Sat, 03-31-2012 - 1:47pm

What's wrong is the notion that a parent needs to be at every event.

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Thu, 03-22-2012 - 2:00pm

That's always the stock answer, that anyone in the teaching profession should plan on having to work extra hours.

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Thu, 03-22-2012 - 12:22pm

Yea, she is.

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