Parents Possibly Jailed for Missing School Conferences

male teacherEducation is under fire in our country. Many students are falling behind and the education system is facing a lot of criticism. Teachers are dealing with overcrowded classrooms and, in some cases, unruly students. Many parents blame teachers for underachieving students but questions fly on what responsibility parents hold.

Teachers have a hard time doing their job when parents don’t take an interest in their child’s education. One Detroit prosecutor wants to hold parents responsible. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy has proposed that parents who miss their child’s parent-teacher conferences serve jail time.

Worthy’s rash proposal is to call attention to the direct link in youth crimes and parental education involvement. If children don’t feel like their parents care about their education, they also don’t take an interest and turn to crime as a way to get attention.

This proposal would require parents to attend one conference each school year or face three days jail time. The idea has drawn a lot of controversy, but is an attempt at raising the very low graduation rates in Detroit. The idea is really meant to get parents and others in the community talking about what can be done to help students rather than a true plan to lock parents up. It is Worthy’s hope to draw attention to the problem more than anything else.

If this law is passed, it will be the very first of its kind anywhere in the country. Of course, this idea has drawn sharp criticism from several people including the president of the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education. When dealing with education you can’t please everyone and sometimes drastic measure must be taken. This idea may be on the radical side, but if it were passed, it would definitely communicate to parents the importance of their child’s education and getting involved.

Via Today

4 Responses to “Parents Possibly Jailed for Missing School Conferences”

  1. NancyK says:

    I heard this report over the radio (CNN news). One point Worthy made was that the parents had four opportunities to meet with the teacher within their child (children’s) school year. Meeting one our of four times is not unreasonable.

    I see nothing unreasonable about Kym Worthy working hard to get parents to understand the importance of being involved in their child’s education. Even if it’s to only meet with the teacher to explain your life situation to the teacher so that the teacher could either work out a solution and understand what is going on in that child’s life, etc.

    I support Worthy’s efforts. I think she means well and she is working to come up with solutions that will protect our public education system and children’s welfare. Parents need to take this as a wake-up call, if they refuse to cooperate, then we should not complain if greater drastic measurers replace what Worthy has proposed. Anyone want to challenge the dare? Then maybe a little jail time is what some need.

  2. Chica says:

    If parents are not attending school conferences, especially if there are difficulties with the children, some kind of penalization should happen to BOTH parents. Dumping kids at school expecting the “system” to produce solid citizens is pretty irresponsible. Kids need their parents involved!


  3. PCB says:

    Ms. Worthy is a tough “cookie” as she successfully prosecuted the former mayor of Detroit, Michigan.

  4. Jessie says:

    Yikes! My parents would be serving a life sentence right now if this proposed rule was made law. My parents never went to teacher-parent conferences; mainly because I wasn’t having trouble in the classroom. But if teachers want to have a better turnout at conferences, threatening jail sounds like it would be pretty effective.

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