Clueless Parents

United States
February 28, 2009 1:31pm CST
One day during my lunch break a group of my co-worker's where watching the news. When a story came on about a particular city in our metroplex having a new ordinance for when a minor child is caught skipping school the city will fine the parent. Some of the women begin to discuss this saying that's not my responsibilty it's the schools, I shouldn't have to pay anything for my kids skipping school........ Is that not the craziest thing you ever heard its parent like that that end up raising criminals, and disfunctional adults.
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4 responses
• United States
1 Mar 09
It annoys me to no end these parents who want to blame everything on the school and yet hold the school accountable for everything, and think as a parent they hold no rule! What is wrong with them? To me, if you are not willing to parent, you ought not to be a parent.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I was a habitual school skipper. I absolutely hated school, was bored out of my mind in my classes & would just leave most days until I was old enough to finally drop out. (I dropped out & enrolled in college within a couple months btw- I am not a criminal or a dysfunctional adult). My mother made every reasonable attempt to keep me in school. She would drive me to school, watch me go into the school and tried very hard to get my classes changed to more challenging classes.I was also constantly grounded & punished for cutting class. I don't see what else my mother could have done to keep me in school and I see no reason she should have been fined or viewed as a bad parent. In my case anyway, I do see the responsibility in part being the schools. This was 20 years ago, but there wasn't any advanced classes in my local high school. Nothing was challenging to me. I had over 80% averages in every class but 'failed' for excessive absences. If a student can skip 90% of her classes & still score 80% or better on her exams, I think that speaks to the schools short comings not the child's.
@laglen (19779)
• United States
28 Feb 09
lol no kidding! How about parents take responsibility for their kids? Take a day off work or shopping or whatever else you do and spend it with your kid at school. Let them know if they choose not to show up at school, you will be there with them! Works like a charm!
• United States
28 Feb 09
I agree with you. If parents raised their children knowing that an education is important, and knowing that they WILL really get into trouble if they act up then this would not be such a problem. They already have those laws where I live, and the child and parent both have to go to court. There are fines and the kids have to have papers signed everyday by their teachers.