Our education system is a hot topic right now, with this being an Presidential election year. Most of us will agree that education is the backbone to our children having a successful future. So needless to say, it is crucially important. However, in-spite of this importance, teachers are still being fired, funding for programs is being cut, and the level of involvement from parents isn’t where it needs to be. So what do we do about it? Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago has come up with a solution, pay the parents for support.
As reported by the Huffington Post:
Chicago, Ill. is considering doing just that. As part of a pilot program launched at 70 public schools, Chicago parents will be given $25 Walgreens “Balance Rewards” cards in exchange for picking up their child’s report cards and attending parent-teacher conferences, according to a press release from the city.
I applaud the Chicago mayor for trying to resolve the problem by doing what works, but I believe that it is so discouraging to know that a large number of parents don’t want to take the time to invest in their children’s futures. Thirty minutes or so spent talking to a teacher or principle twice a year for your child’s benefit doesn’t seem like too much to ask. When we don’t spend time investing in our children, they find other sources of support. Sources that are on the negative spectrum only lead them away from education and the proper tools they need to build better lives.
Is this issue isolated to a specific culture? How do you think the Black community and other minorities feels about education? Tell me your thoughts!
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