The primary purpose of high school is to prepare students for college or a
career. How exactly does this law support that purpose??Everytime a
student sluffs a class, that's an hour to an hour and a half that they are
without adult supervision. I find it hard to understand why parents would like
that idea.As a school teacher, I can say King's Court is
exactly right- the burden (as usual) will fall on teachers to help these
students get caught up. If the teachers refuse, the same parents who think
legalizing sluffing is a good idea will be upset. Nothing surprises me in
Utah.Provo City School District has already virtually eliminated
their attendance requirements for all students and it reflects in their
atrocious attendance rates and poor grades. This happened because the parent of
ONE honors student complained that grades and attendance shouldn't be
linked, so the school board changed the rules for all students. It has been a
miserable failure. Allowing kids to miss class whenever they want is a BAD
As a teacher this is yet another example of the legislature micromanaging. What
ever happened to local control? They create more problems whenever they try to
solve anything. What I would give to rid ourselves of the legislature...
One thing being over looked by both sides of this debate is the correlation
between truancy and some criminal activity. If students are in school
they're less likely to be involved in illegal activities. I'm not
saying that all students who cut class are out there committing criminal acts. I
would, however, bet that the majority of juvenile crimes are committed by youths
who aren't where they're supposed to be. I do believe that most of the
time adjudication isn't needed, because most schools and districts have
policy in place to deal with truancy.
As a software development manager, I don't require my people to "put in
the hours". I require them to get their work done on time and don't
care what hours or where they work.We all know that truancy laws are
not about knowing the content or being dependable, they are all about attending
school enough hours so the school gets their money from the government!
Of course the students are truant and then expect the teacher to bend over
backwards the next day to give them their make-up assignments or material. How
about adding an amendment to this bill that states that truant students cannot
seek make-up work or class material for the days missed. If they really know
the material, this shouldn't matter, right? This bill
erroneously gives a lame excuse for sluffing students to use, but in reality, it
is the teacher that has to fix the problem the legislature (the Capitol Real
Estate Agency) creates--as usual and as expected.
With all the grade inflation in the state, maybe we ought to make the threshold
a bit higher - say 3.85 and above. In that case it would still apply to a large
percentage of the students.
Par for the course for a legislature where half the legislators don't even
show up to vote.Real world reality check: If you go out and get a
job, then don't put in the hours, you're going to get fired.
Doesn't matter if you're "exemplary" at the job - if
you're not there when they want you there, you're toast. Should be
the same in school.
I understand the need for truancy policies, but as a parent (of honors students,
BTW), I hate them.