Lawmakers discuss responsibilities of parents, schools, Legislature

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  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    "Sen. Patricia Jones, D-Holladay, suggested that framework include a clarification on parental responsibility. She said many parents habitually avoid becoming involved at the local school out of a fear that they will get in the way or be perceived as stepping on the toes of their children's teachers."

    Does she really believe this? That parents are afraid of stepping on toes? My wife teaches, she can tell you that parents "Don't care" if they step on someone toes..

    As Redshirt posted, If the parent don't care, there is nothing you can do to have the child succeed to the point that they need to be. They can do as much as they can on their own and with the help of the teacher, but that will only take them so far.

    My recommendation is to find people who can help in the classroom for those kids who seem to be struggling (no active parent involvement). A friend of mine has her husband (who is retired) and help with reading to those who first language is not English...

    but if you want something really screwed up... have the legislature put their fingers into the pie.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Nov. 12, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    The ironic thing is that if the parents don't care about the education of their children it doesn't matter what the government does, it will fail.

    Just look at the state of the public schools, they are falling appart because more and more parents either see it as free daycare or else see that their children are not failing school and that is it. Parents don't care about what is being taught or what is going on, as long as their kids don't complain.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    I thought maybe the legislature would want to hold themselves accountable for their primary responsibility when it comes to education, adequate funding. I really didn't, but I was hoping.