<quoted text>I am a parent who has been VERY involved with my kids, and would always call the school if I was unsure if my youngest child was missing an assignment. This system worked well until she got to the high school.
The secretary would take a message for me (screen the calls) and I would hear back a WEEK later when the assignment was past due.
no one ever responded to emails...the school was like a fortress you could not penetrate. SO frustrating!!! Now I have my youngest child in a school 3 towns away and have to pay $8,000 a year just so she can get a basic high school education. My oldest child thank God graduated and is in college...I'm paying for that TOO!
The high school they went to was just TOO big. TOO many students and not enough teachers, and completely over run by drugs! The teachers have NO support from admin. The culture at the school was unbearable...SO much tension...It's SO sad. I wish we could pin point the problems...which came first...the chicken or the egg...perhaps a bit of both.
Thanks for being an interested parent. Myriad problems exist.
When a school is too big, too many students, not enough teachers and drugs.....
The planners should never have allowed such population density in the district
Planners cannot discern how many students will move into an apartment or home...
Deadbeats are very mobile, rent, don't pay, leave, rent, don't pay, leave.....etc. new district 2 or 3 times a year
All states have gang problems, disrupting education/classes every minute..not there to learn
Gang members are mandated to recruit sometimes 20 members each in addition to selling their drugs and getting your children hooked. They first give them out as free samples at school or parties but once addicted, your children must steal, prostitute, whatever to buy them. They also pressure the girls for sex.
Teachers in high schools are dealing minute by minute with untold numbers of issues regarding teens from all avenues.They prevent fights, get hit, slapped, hit, pushed, shoved, go to ers daily in the US. They have violent gang members in their room aside of innocent and wonderful students.
Imagine controlling that environment while attempting to teach.
Pretend you are tryin to work at home or in an office with this population....the wonderfully interested, the violently dangerous, the high IQ, the low IQ, the motivated, the ill, the deaf, the incontinent, etc....all needing your attention...and you are supposed to teacher them
sounds like your children are blessed with an intelligent parent
at home. They are very fortunate
Some positive ideas:
Have them learn their morals and values at home
Take them to museums, expose them to the history and beauty of the country and world
Inform them of the dangers in society
Communicate your nsupport and trust in them
Keep them close to you and each other
I am familiar with the fact that schools daily have police who remove and arrest murderers, rapists, burglars, home invaders, robbers, arsonists from classes in this country. Until they were handcuffed, they were sitting next to someone's child.