Have any of you seen this article from the Sun Sentinel?
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NO, I don't think it's too much!
I think Beth made a good point. Education is a team effort. Parents must be an active part of the team. Politicians act like teachers are solely responsible for a child's education.
I actually don't think that I like this. I do believe that a parent's involvement is essential. But I think that evaluating parents could have the potential to destroy the parent/teacher relationship and end up having more negative effects. Parents generally get very defensive when someone questions their parenting and I can imagine a parent given a needs improvement or an unsatisfactory by a teacher would destroy any chance of a positive parent/teacher relationship. The child's education will be even more negatively impacted because he/she will see the parent fighting against the teacher, instead of working with.
Honestly, I think if anything administration should take some ownership for trying to get parent's involved, or for following through with lack of parent involvement. Not saying that teachers shouldn't have a role in this - most teachers spend a lot of time reaching out to parents and trying to build a positive rapport.
Anyway, I like the idea of shifting some responsibility to parents but think that this method is a recipe for disaster.