This morning I read in a local paper an article about the chronic behavior of some children not attending or arriving too late to school. The article postulated several actions the schools should take. The only one I read that made sense was the schools must keep records of such behaviors and inform the parents of these activities.
Sanction for this unacceptable conduct is not the province of the school but of THE PARENTS. Parents hold the key in control of this problem, if they are willing to be involved and, more importantly, willing to PARENT.
True parenting has never been easy. That is because it mandates actions that are unpleasant for the child and parents alike. We live in a society that is driven by parental guilt, generated by the unavailability of parental guidance during the day time, work hours.
If both parents must work, they therefore are not being at home to supervise their offspring’s behavior. Then they must be available and reachable at their work place for providing support and reaction to the school’s notification of problems.
The need for the sole parent or both parents to work is understood. This situation makes parenting a more difficult matter than before this practice was to prevalent.
The state or school district can never legislate measures that are as effective as responsible parenting. Please take care of your children. You cannot expect the government or the “village” to replace parenting.