Parents Possibly Jailed for Missing School Conferences
Education is under fire in our country. Many students are falling behind and the education system is facing a lot of criticism. Teachers are dealing with overcrowded classrooms and, in some cases, unruly students. Many parents blame teachers for underachieving students but questions fly on what responsibility parents hold.
Teachers have a hard time doing their job when parents don’t take an interest in their child’s education. One Detroit prosecutor wants to hold parents responsible. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy has proposed that parents who miss their child’s parent-teacher conferences serve jail time.
Worthy’s rash proposal is to call attention to the direct link in youth crimes and parental education involvement. If children don’t feel like their parents care about their education, they also don’t take an interest and turn to crime as a way to get attention.
This proposal would require parents to attend one conference each school year or face three days jail time. The idea has drawn a lot of controversy, but is an attempt at raising the very low graduation rates in Detroit. The idea is really meant to get parents and others in the community talking about what can be done to help students rather than a true plan to lock parents up. It is Worthy’s hope to draw attention to the problem more than anything else.
If this law is passed, it will be the very first of its kind anywhere in the country. Of course, this idea has drawn sharp criticism from several people including the president of the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education. When dealing with education you can’t please everyone and sometimes drastic measure must be taken. This idea may be on the radical side, but if it were passed, it would definitely communicate to parents the importance of their child’s education and getting involved.