Florida Lawmaker Wants Teachers to Grade Parents.
In an attempt to boost the number of parents who actively participate in their children’s public school educations, a Florida state representative has filed a bill that would require teachers to grade their students’ parents on the “quality” of their contributions to their children’s schools, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
“Although the school environment has a great impact on a child’s well-being and academic success, parents and the home environment form the foundation of a child’s present and future life,” said State Rep. Kelli Stargel, a mother of five, in her bill. “Without proper parental involvement in all aspects of a child’s life, the child’s prospects to be a well-equipped and useful member of society are greatly diminished.”
The criterion on which the parents’ grades would be based include “their response to requests for meetings or communication, their children’s completion of homework and preparation for tests, their children’s absentee and tardy rates and their children’s ‘physical preparation for school,’ including a good night’s sleep and appropriate meals,” the Sentinel reported. (January 2011)