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Parents' attempt to take over school prompts debate and a movie


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  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Feb. 24, 2012 1:20 p.m.

    "Brave Sir Robin
    San Diego, CA

    Where were the kids when the parents were off protesting the school? At home playing video games."

    Can you prove this? Jeeze some of the Deseret commenters and their assumptions. And if the kids were out in the hall studying while the parents were protesting? Oh wait ... you wouldn't know either way. Just brash statements that you don't know for sure.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 24, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    If these parents put as much energy into parenting as they did into getting mad at the school, it wouldn't be a struggling school.

    The greatest predictor of educational success (and hence, successful schools) is how involved the parents are in the education endeavors of the child. Blame the schools if you want, but failing schools are simply a symptom of failing parents. I went to an underfunded school with overworked teachers, but I did well and found success in life after school. Why? Because in my house, doing well in school was an expectation and my parents worked to make sure I did what I needed to be doing.

    Where were the kids when the parents were off protesting the school? At home playing video games. Parents, quit breathing down the necks of school administrators, go home, and help your kids with their homework. In other words, stop being a protestor and start being a parent!

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    Teachers unions, just like all unions now, have contributed to and fan the flames of the entitlement society in which we are deeply entrenched.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    One more example of why Unions are no longer necessary. They won't do anything to help the school turn around and fight the parents when they try to make a difference. I hope the parents succeed.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 24, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    In a land of freedom, why does government mandate school attendance, and decide how our children are to be fed?