Follow Author at Twitter Mary Johnson@mjadvocate
Most schools districts are excluding parents voices in upcoming school reforms. Many school districts are water down their parent involvement programs instead of moving parent engagement into 21st Century. The 21st Parent Century model engage all stakeholders as equal partners, regarding of incomes, race, or genders. In the re-authorization of NCLB, the policticans have left behind parents. In Orginial NCLB Act parents was mention over 500 times, in the revise ESEA parents is mention less than 3o timesd. The new ESEA is more about teachers , rights and top down accountablity. As a parent I know the importance of NCLB Act. The NCLB Act got peoples talking about what is quality education and define what a quality teachers is. Parents were able to ask questions and inquiry who was teaching their children. Before the NCLB parents have no idea who was teaching their child. When everything went wrong in classrooms, it were parents who got blame. Since the 2001 and NCLB Act , the blame have shift to look at teachers failures. For decade finger were pointed at parents only failures, and not what going on in the classrooms. The sterotype model out there is if you low income (Poverty) that you don’t appreciate or promote education. From Jesus times, there was poverty and until end of times there will be poor peoples. Let stop using poverty as excuse for failure in classrooms. Being poor don’t stop the brain form engaging and learning. We need to stop trying to emilinate poverty and focus on learning, and how our chilren learn. One model don’t fixes all children’s concept that are destorying our childrens creatives . This is why it so important that all stakeholders that include students and parents voices need to all intial concept and discussion.
How can we change this song? What can we do to as villeage to address school failures?