Monday, December 1, 2008

Parental Involvement? Volunteers? Why would they do such a thing?

Indianapolis Public School 57, the city's only so-called "fundamental school," requires parents to sign their children's homework every day, volunteer at the school and respond to teachers' calls or notes within 24 hours.
Teachers sign similar agreements, and the school's 210 students have strict rules, too, The Indianapolis Star reported. If students don't turn in homework for several days, for example, they can earn enough demerits to kick them out of the school.

Interesting....why would they require such things? That whole volunteer is if they think it actually helps the school and parents, or some such nonsense.


Anonymous said...

So you can have a strict school and have parental involvement?

Anonymous said...

i don't get your point. if you are being snide, then i'm truly stumped. many of the things cited in the article are already being done, and quite frankly just plain common sense. like responding to communications from teachers or checking your child's homework.

as far as volunteering is concerned... i'm there all the time. i sign up for stuff and more often than not, taken up on offers to help. i don't know of anyone who has been discouraged from being involved. as a matter of fact, i believe we have a huge amount of parental involvement and presence in the school.

Anonymous said...

There are some volunteer opportunities, but not as many as in the past. If you want to help raise money, you can do that quite easily. In the classrooms though, opportunities aren't as available as they were two years ago.

The Quizzinator said...

I think the previous comment hit the nail on the head. The article isn't just about volunteering, but about the quality of volunteer opportunities.

There have been several obvious trends at HC over the past 18 months. The first is the "mixed signals" that some volunteers get about their work. Support for programs is given lip service, and not much more.

The second is the decreasing number of a few sign-in sheets from this year to ones from two years ago if you have any question about the difference in numbers. No one is saying there are NO opportunities, but the type and quantity have certainly changed.

Parental involvement is key for several reasons, especially in a private school, especially in bad economic times. You want to build that "sweat equity" to make them less likely to leave, as well as to help compensate for the economic inequity our school has with the public school system. If all you have is a school that you pay money to you are more likely to leave.

Anonymous said...

I just read the post on parental involvement. One of them included responding to teachers in a timely manner. What about administration who does not respond to some parents at all?