Mandating Parent Involvement

Michigan’s Wayne County Prosecutor is pushing for legislation that would put parents in jail for three days if they fail to show up for at least one parent-teacher conference each year. The prosecutor, Kym Worthy is pushing for this in Detroit, in Wayne County, and if she can get a legislator to sponsor it, at the State level.

My initial reaction to this story was that it’s rather funny that they are so critical of homeschooling families, but here they are trying to mandate parents to come to a meeting at a public school just once a year.

My second reaction to this story was that this is sad and pathetic that there is even the need to put this kind of proposal on the table just to get parents involved in the lives of their children even for 30 minutes once a year.

My third reaction to this story was that this type of proposal is just another step in big government developing their case for taking over all care and indoctrination of the children of our country.

My final reaction to this story is that unfortunately, there are too many parents whose involvement with their children stops at biology, but threatening to lock them up if they don’t attend one parent-teacher conference each year is hardly going to change what kind of parent they are. Also, even if the parent does attend one conference each year, that is hardly going to change what kind of student that child is.

Bottom line? The children with uninvolved parents are the ones who suffer.