Detroit Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is playing no games with parents who refuse to show interest in their children’s education. She is pushing for a law that calls for jail time for parents who skip parent-teacher conferences. Yes. Jail time. Worthy pitched her plan Tuesday to the Detroit City Council and is shopping it to the Wayne County Commission and state Legislature. Drawing a link between parental involvement and youth crime, Worthy wants a sponsor to guide the idea to law.
Her plan would require parents to attend at least one conference per year or face three days in jail. Parents of those excelling in school would be exempt, as would those whose health issues make travel difficult and those “actively engaged” with teachers through e-mail, phone calls or letters.“We have to find any means necessary to get parents involved,” Worthy told the council. “We have to start talking about prevention.
I understand what Worthy is trying to do. She is trying to force parents into being involved in their children’s education. As this rule would only apply to the parents of the students who are struggling in school. It is sad to think that some parent’s have to be threatened in order to become involved in their children’s education. Unfortunately there are some parents who are unable to attend the conferences not because they are disinterested in their child’s education but may have to work or have other small children at home with no help. This is the only problem that I see with her plan. It may be too blanket in its policy for the many children who have various living lifestyles at home with their parents. Not all parents are disinterested. Some physically cannot be there. Then there are other parents who are not concerned about serving any jail time because they already have a record. So the threat of more jail time will not inspire them to show interest.
If anything a stronger policy should be placed on parents whose kids do not attend school. That is where the root of the problem is. Too many parents are not assuring that their kids are actually attending school to begin with. They should start at that step first before they worry about parents attending conferences. The bigger question is whether or not their kids are in school?
People who disagree with the policy claim that Worthy is trying to regulate parental involvement and that is not up to the law. They feel as though she may be crossing lines out of her jurisdiction.
It should not have to come to this. Worthy should not feel as though threatening parents with jail is the only way to reach them. What does that say about the parent’s who are raising this generation? Do you think that Worthy’s plan will make an impact in parents attending conferences?
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