Monday, January 24, 2011

Should parents get graded by teachers?

A Florida lawmaker is proposing that teachers start grading parents based on how actively involved they are in their kids' education. More from the Orlando Sentinel:

As a state lawmaker interested in education reform, Kelli Stargel said she's heard a lot of discussions that come down to, "What about the parent?"

Schools and teachers can do only so much, she said, if parents don't make sure their children are in class and ready for academic lessons.

That's why she has proposed a bill that would require elementary school teachers to grade parents on the "quality" of their school involvement. A parent rating — satisfactory, needs improvement, or unsatisfactory — would appear on the child's report card.

The proposal is not meant to be punitive or intrusive, she added, but a way to prod parents to make their child's education a top priority.

"I think there's a certain segment of parents who would just step it up a notch," Stargel said. "It's not intended to be big government coming down on parents. It's just intended to hold parents accountable."

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What do you think? Should parents get graded by teachers?


  1. Oh, great idea. Way to shame all those parents working two jobs for peanuts. Especially women! Let's shame all the women who don't play Holly Homemaker-volunteer but "choose" to work instead.

    Guess what? At this point in history, most of us must work at least one job for a living, and yet the government is depending on the unpaid labor of parents to cover for its shameful defunding of the schools. Parents are already responsible for our kids 18 hours a day plus weekends: do you think taxpayers can cover the other 30 hours a week while we work at least 40 hours/week to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table? Remember, we're raising the future payees of your Social Security, among other things. Kids are not a private luxury; they're a public good.

    Disgusting. I do my share of volunteer work at church and school, not to mention eldercare and childcare, but I'd yank my kid out of any school that did that, pronto.

  2. Only if we can also grade the teachers.

  3. The kind of parents who aren't involved already (and to me "involvement" means as little as making sure the kids show up at school with their work done--though it's certainly nice if a parent can manage more than that in these days of miserably under-resourced schools) are the kind of parents who aren't going to care what grades they get. I think it's a useless idea.

  4. No.

    We need to get over talking about bad parents and bad teachers and start treating everyone involved in a child's education with dignity and respect.

    You know, like we teach our children to do.

  5. I don't know if this would work, but I do think we need to focus on parent unaccountability.

  6. E.Rat,

    You are an intelligent person. You can't be serious. We shouldn't be talking about bad teachers? How can we discuss improving education without improving teacher quality? I get the fact that the discussion on teacher performance has grown to hysterical proportions and sometimes detracts from the conversation on other meaning reforms, but that is not a reason to overlook a real problem. Virtually every school has weak teachers. Something must be done about that and it has to be more than just moving the chess pieces around the board because of tenure protection.

  7. I just hope you realize that the "shameful defunding of the schools", is the byproduct of years of poor tax policy, centralization, the high cost of remediation and many other causes. It isn't as if we can just spend without any consideration for how we spend. I realize that education spending should be a priority, but we have to figure out how to get more out of the dollars we spend, not only demand more. The state is on the verge of bankruptcy. Fortunately, Brown understands this.

  8. What an innovative thinking from Florida (the idea of grading, not the legal part). Parent participation is a large component of the children's education. For too long it is left up to whatever the parent are incline to provide, without little feedback or accountability. This is a great idea so for parent to get in the grading game along with their child. They should really use this feedback to drive their own growth and improvement!

    Incidentally when I was touring the Glen Park Elementary school yesterday, the principal proudly show off their parent's star board, which is a form of parent grading system. Each count of parent activity earn them a sticker of star on the board (aggregated to the class, not to individual parent). The class got an reward when the parents have earned enough stars. The students are reportedly excited about this parent star system.

    Reposted from Teach to Grade Parents

  9. So, uh, would Amy Chua get an A or an F?