What If Parents Were Graded?
Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard about a Memphis high school with over 90 pregnant young ladies and second-graders exposing themselves and engaging in oral sex. And I’d say it’s widely believed that when it comes to education, parenting plays a large role and is at least somewhat to blame if something goes wrong with the behavior or education of achildren.
State representative Kelli Stargel (pictured above) of Florida agrees with us wholeheartedly. Thus, she has proposed a state bill which will require teachers to grade parents on their involvement with young students from Kindergarten up to the third grade.
The grades range from “Satisfactory,” “unsatisfactory,” and “needs improvement,” and parents would see their grades on their respective child’s report card.
The criteria on which parents would be graded is as follows:
The child should be at school on time, well-rested, and fed.
The child’s homework should be done and he/she should be prepared for all tests.
There should be regular communication between parent and teacher.
Arguing parental involvement is vital for educating children, Stargel is looking to push the legislation forward, continuing a now decades-old trend of overhauling the education system in the state of Florida.
As always, there are a few questions about the proposal. First of all, what type of enforcement would there be? Let’s say a parent gets a bad grade for whatever reason. What happens next? If the point is that some parents seem apathetic toward the education of their children, what can be done to change their apathy? Will a bad grade on the child’s report card really help?
Secondly, what happens if a single parent who’s doing the best he or she can still gets an “unsatisfactory” or “needs improvement” based on the criteria and the teacher’s assessment? Raising children is a full-time job and in some cases, there are valid reasons parents may be unable to make the time commitment the teacher deems necessary. Furthermore, the criteria seem as if they could lead to biases against low-income families in struggling situations. Will socio-economics be taken into consideration with regards to grading?
There already seems to be a wedge between many parents and teachers, as some parents seem to dislike any disciplinary action or parenting suggestions the teacher or school might hand down.
Won’t grading parents drive an even bigger wedge between two sides which desperately need to work together for our children? We can see the logic behind such a proposal, but at the end of the day, grading parents might cause more teachers to get “cussed out.”