I Heard a Rumor That It's Friday

14 October 2005

...and I'm really hoping it's true. Been a long week here.

Yesterday was busy, but I had lots of nice compliments on my school board presentation---including ones from the superintendent and one of the board members. There are also some other comments starting to bubble up: If kids take more science, what classes will they not be taking? We knew these would come. Jobs are at stake.

I went to represent the school district (along with a few others) at an event for parents last night. The event was specifically targeting parents of minority children---giving them an opportunity to find out how to connect with the schools and get more involved with their childrens' education. There were lots of tables in the "fair": local banks, girl scouts, school districts, support agencies, etc. A free dinner was prepared.

Four families showed up.

I had been warned that when events like this had been planned, that parents were scarce. That was certainly no lie. I felt rather embarrassed for the organizers of the event.

There was some good coversation with others in my district about what "good" parent involvement looks like. This is someting I've blogged about before. Last night, the Boss Lady mentioned that to her, good parent involvement means getting your kids off to school in the morning---cleaned, dressed, and fed---and checking in with them about assignments and school events in the evenings. Maybe it's not about having parents come to the school to volunteer. Maybe it's not about Open House or other events that try to lure parents to the buildings. Maybe it's just a matter of providing a good environment so that kids can come to school, ready to learn. And we'll take things from there.

After two sixteen-hour days in a row, I'm ready for a break. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's glad to see Friday on the calendar. Welcome back, old friend.

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Anonymous Rob said...

...the Boss Lady mentioned that to her, good parent involvement means getting your kids off to school in the morning---cleaned, dressed, and fed---and checking in with them about assignments and school events in the evenings...

I disagree strongly. This leaves out a huge cultural cue that kids need to have repeated to them day after day: education is the most important thing in a young child's life. Nothing correlates to future success like education.

I was lucky. I went through school in that post-sputnik era when everyone in the country was convinced that the only way we would survive as a nation was for all of us to get a good education. It wasn't even about your own future, it was about survival.

These days, any kid will tell you that school is just a big, long bore that they make you go through so you'll have something to do during the day while your parents are at work. They know this because that's how their parents act about it.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Ed said...

"These days, any kid will tell you that school is just a big, long bore that they make you go through..."

Wow. Rob, I don't hear that from 90% of my students. My kids are wonderful, talking about summer jobs, plans beyond high school, and how they want their parents to be proud of them. These kids have their heads on straighter than we did back in the "old days." I'm damned fortunate to be able to work with them.

6:26 AM  

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