Thursday, January 27, 2011

School Conferences ~Why you should attend

OK~ We have school conferences coming up again on Monday evening. I will go, as I usually do. But, I see that when most kids get to high school...the attendance at school conferences gets really, really low. I honestly hope that these parents are all in touch with their child's teachers and know what is going on. On the other hand, I also see it as a time to connect, in person, with the people that are with my son on a daily basis during the school year. I also see it as a form of respect. These teachers work very hard, day in and day out~ it seems to be a simple way to show my appreciation of what they do for my son. I realize that things come up and it's not always feasible to attend....But, for your child's sake and out of respect for your child's teacher....Will you make a conscientious effort to attend the next Parent/ Teacher conference that your child's school offers?

With our schools in the news on a daily basis, it's more important than ever for all of us to step up to the plate. It's time for reform in our education system....Our kids deserve so much better! What's so stunning to me is that schools all across the United States are all so different. I simply do not buy into the statement, "That school does so bad because of the poverty level." This tells this Mom that the Administrators and teachers need to take a look at how they are working with these kids and what they can do to help them be successful. After all, these people are educators....paid good money to go to college.....they should have received an education that geared them towards today's kids! Our schools in Iowa are OK, but there is much work to be done. So many more young people should be graduating and not ending up on the streets. Our local district has an 87.5% graduation rate....fairly good...but there is work to be done!

I wish the bullying would end in our schools, but until society stops accepting it in the's gonna be around a while. I'm thankful my youngest son is in 10th Grade and there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Through many requested meetings with teachers, 10th Grader is gonna do just fine. But, this Mom is also one of the strongest advocates he will ever have! So, will you attend your child's school conference~ you know, it will make a difference if you do! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

1 comment:

  1. Laura Frazin SteeleJan 27, 2011, 8:49:00 PM

    Sara, as a substitute teacher, I appreciate your positive comments about teachers. It's so great when parents like you are involved : )


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