Should Teachers Grade Parents, Too?
State legislator Kelli Stargel recently filed a bill in the Florida House of Representatives that would require school teachers to grade the parents of their K-3rd grade students.
The bill, HB 255, notes that:
“Although the school environment has a great impact on a child’s well-being and academic success, parents and the home environment form the foundation of a child’s present and future life. Without proper parental involvement in all aspects of a child’s life, the child’s prospects to be a well-equipped and useful member of society are greatly diminished.”
This may all be true, but Stargel goes even further by proposing that teachers include a parental involvement grade based on four criteria. Each child’s parent or parents would receive a “satisfactory,” “needs improvement,” or “unsatisfactory” marking based on the following:
1. Parental response to requests for conferences or communication.
2. The student’s completion of homework and preparation for tests.
3. The student’s physical preparation for school that has an effect on mental preparation.
4. The frequency of the student’s absence and tardiness.
So what do you think? Is it a good idea to have teachers grading parents on their involvement? What would your grade be?