Originally posted by newBodyoldSoul
You haven't seen it all have you?
As a now single mom and full time student I can say I have seen both sides and experienced it first hand.
I used to be a stay at home mom, active everyday in my daughter's education. Then I left an abusive husband and struck out on my own with 2 girls.
I went out of my way to school of choice my daughter into one of the better rated schools in this district. I then enrolled full time in school
myself. Balancing a house, tight budget, demanding nursing classes...I didn't have the same amount of time to be involved and active in my kids
education. I thought to myself, you know she is going to a great school..has an awesome teacher (love the woman)! Midway through their standardized
scores came in the mail, I was horrified! Her scores had dropped, she was below her educational growth chart if you will!
I was so personally upset at myself, I had dropped the ball....I was not upset at her teacher, or her..it was my attitude of, she is in a good school,
she should be alright.
I spent the next semester, not only maintaining my own 4.0, house, tight budget alone but also putting more focus on my kids education! Its
exhausting....but worth it.
At the end of the year her scores went up 25 to 50 % in every area that needed work!
Parental involvement is extremely important, and yes I can say I have seen it! If I would have blown off those scores and let her awesome teacher take
care of it (and that is not sarcasm, bc she is awesome and holds a masters degree in education) then my kid would have continued her slide.
Unfortunately her awesome teacher, had to put her focus on state standardized testing and has her hands tied on the teaching she can do... and what
she has time for.
Kids need their parents involvement. I learned this, and wont forget it!
edit on 9-8-2011 by Htrowklis82 because: spelling