Parents will also be graded on children's physical preparation for school including a good night's sleep and appropriate meals. These grades would appear on the children's report card.
Certainly nobody can argue the facts that strong, appropriate parental involvement, good attendance, a good night's sleep and healthy eating all positively impact children's educational well-being. However, the idea of teachers grading the parents is a waste of teachers' time and antagonistic, not to mention bizarre!
We've seen less strange bills pass though, and if this bill should actually pass, I can only imagine what would occur. Keeping in mind that teachers are typically not allowed to make too many decisions on their own anymore, the following will most likely be necessary:
- Tedious scoring guides, rubrics and professional development to understand them will be required of teachers in order to be properly prepared to assess parents. After all, who are teachers to know what proper attendance of students actually looks like? Why would teachers actually know if parents are responding to communication? Proper professional development in these areas would be crucial. On a positive note, more jobs would be created as there will be a need for a special department for this at the state and district levels.
- There will certainly need to be some "warning" system such as a progress report to let parents know they are in "danger" of receiving a low score. Not sure who will need to sign to be sure it was received, perhaps the grandparents.
- At some point, the state will tie the parental scores into school grades and so there will need to be some system of intervention and accountability in order to be sure that no parent is left behind.
- NPLB will ensure that every parent's individual goals are tied to each student's individual goals, thus creating measurable objectives to be assessed before any grade can be administered. Again, more jobs created as programming for state departments of assessment and accountability will need to now include data systems for NPLB.
- Since there must be some differentiation, teachers of K-3 will be free to offer a limited series of credits and demerits to parents based on behaviors, for example:
- +5 points = parent responds to emails and phone calls from teachers within 24 hours.
- -1 point = for every day parent does not respond to email and phone from teacher.
- -10 points = parent blocks school number on cellphone.
- +5 points = parents assists child with homework.
- -5 points = parent does homework for child.
- -10 points = parent does homework for child AND uses own handwriting.
- +5 points = parent sends in notes to teacher if student is experiencing difficulty with a subject and thinks teacher may be unaware.
- -5 points = parent send in note to teacher if student is experiencing difficulty with a subject and accuses the teacher of not teaching it.
- -10 points = same parents simply calls the principal without discussing with teacher first.
- +5 points = parent offers to help out at school or in some way from home.
- -10 points = parent offers to help out at school, comes in, then reports back to other parents all of her "observations" in class; including details of other students' behaviors.
- +5 points = parent makes sure student has all necessary supplies or reaches out to teacher to request assistance.
- -5 points = parent allows students to do without necessary supplies with no communication to teacher.
- +5 points= parent shows up for scheduled conference
- -2 points=parent shows up for scheduled conference late leaving only a few minutes to chat
- -10 points= parent shows up unannounced for conference and is visibly upset when told teacher is not available.
- +5 points = parent respectfully asks teacher if moving their child's seat might be beneficial if they feel they are being distracted by other students.
- -5 points = for each additional time parent requests seat change for same reason.
- +10 points = parent finally admits own child is also distracting others and seat placement is not the issue.
These are just a few as I'm sure when committees begin forming there will be many more suggestions floating around. I'm "sure" this bill will make education a whole lot better.
What are your thoughts? Good idea or no?
This post contains partial satire. Thank you to for the reminder to include this bit of important information in my post.