If an elementary school teacher graded you on your involvement in your child’s education, what kind of a grade would you get?
Should your kid’s 1st-grade teacher be grading you in the first place? If Florida state Rep. Kelli Stargel’s bill becomes law, public school teachers will be required to grade the parents of students in kindergarten through 3rd grade.
The parents’ grades of “satisfactory,” “unsatisfactory” or “needs improvement” would be added to their children’s report card.
Stargel, a Republican who sits on several education legislative committees, says that parental involvement is key to educating children for years to come. As the mother of five, Stargel says, she understands the importance of her role in educating her children. “I think a lot of parents understand that is something that is critical,” she said. “On the other hand, you have some parents that don’t realize they are not providing the needs.”
The grading system is based on three criteria that Stargel wrote into the legislation:
• A child should be at school on time, prepared to learn after a good night’s sleep, and have eaten a meal.
• A child should have the homework done and prepared for examinations.
• There should be regular communication between the parent and teacher.
“Those three things are key to a quality education,” Stargel said
What other criteria could be added?
- Reading to your child every night?
How do you feel about having your child’s teacher “grade you” ?