Posts Tagged ‘ Grades ’

Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Obama Early Education Plan To Be Detailed In Georgia Speech
President Barack Obama is traveling to Georgia today to press a plan he announced in his State of the Union address to dramatically expand preschool. The plan would include smaller class sizes, better-paid teachers, and exams for 4-year-olds. (via Huffington Post)

Girl Who Lost 90% of Skin After Allergic Reaction to Children’s Motrin Wins $63M Verdict
Samantha Reckis, who was only 7 when she took Children’s Motrin for a fever and subsequently went blind and suffering a horrifying allergic reaction, has won $63 million in compensation from Johnson & Johnson. (via NY Daily News)

Older Fathers Can Be Better Dads the 2nd Time Around
At 60, Arthur Schwartz sees many of his college friends talking about retirement and grandchildren, but he is energetically immersed in the busy lives of his two young daughters, aged 9 and 7. (via Yahoo News)

Do Good Grades Spread Like Measles?
Students surrounded by friends who earn better grades than they do tend to see their own grades rise over the next year, according to a new study. (via Live Science)

Study: Praise Children For What They Do, Not Who They Are
Toddlers develop a greater preparedness for future challenges when their parents celebrate their efforts instead of their innate qualities. (via The Atlantic)

More U.S. Women Using the “Morning-After” Pill: Report
More U.S. women are taking the “morning-after” pill, but generally just once, according to the government’s first report on how the emergency contraception drug has been used since regulators eased access to it in 2006. (via Reuters)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Cantor: Children of Illegal Immigrants Should Get U.S. Citizenship
A top U.S. Republican lawmaker said on Sunday he would support granting citizenship to children who are in the country illegally in a sign that conservatives who oppose immigration amnesty will be playing defense as Congress takes on immigration reform in the coming months. (via Reuters)

Joe Arpaio, Steven Seagal Train Posses To Guard Schools
The self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” joined forces this weekend with action movie star Steven Seagal to train volunteer armed posse members to defend Phoenix-area schools against gunmen. (via Huffington Post)

Boys’ Classroom Behavior Impacts Grades, Study Finds
When your elementary school-aged son gets in trouble for acting up in class or playing too rough with another student, you might not be surprised if the teacher keeps him in from recess. But what if acting up was hurting his math grade? (via Today)

What Heals Traumatized Kids? Answers are Lacking
Shootings and other traumatic events involving children are not rare events, but there’s a startling lack of scientific evidence on the best ways to help young survivors and witnesses heal, a government-funded analysis found. (via Associated Press)

Bobby Jindal Shills For Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Education Reforms; Warriors Vs. Worriors: Ed Today
As Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) continued his push for education reforms in Virginia, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) stopped by for a little nudge in the right direction, reports the Associated Press. (via Huffington Post)

Striking New York City School Bus Drivers Hold Rally
Thousands of striking school bus drivers and their supporters staged a protest Sunday, calling New York’s mayor “heartless” a day before the city opens competitive bidding for new contracts. (via ABC News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Modest Results in Program to Reduce Kids’ Screen Time
A program aimed at reducing the number of hours young children spent in front of a screen didn’t accomplish that goal, but it did cut back on the meals they ate in front of a television, a new study found. (via Reuters)

Federal Appeals Court to Consider Arizona’s 20-Week Abortion Ban that is Earliest in Nation
A federal judge has upheld Arizona’s earliest-in the-nation ban of most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, but it now faces appellate court scrutiny. (via Washington Post)

ADHD Drugs Do Not Raise Heart Risk In Children
Children who take Adderall, Ritalin, and other central nervous system stimulants, do not have a higher chance of developing serious heart conditions, according to a recent study. (via Medical News Today)

Migraines May Hurt Kids’ Grades Too
Migraines may harm children’s school performance, a new study finds. (HealthDay News)

Magnetic Buckyballs Toys Discontinued
The popular Buckyballs and Buckycubes magnetic desk toys will be discontinued after children suffered multiple surgeries and hospitalizations from swallowing the toy. (via CNN)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Salmonella Cantaloupe Infection Toll Rises to 270
At least 270 people in 26 states have been sickened by two strains of salmonella tied to cantaloupes recalled by an Indiana grower. (via NBC News)

Good Health Helps Grades When Students Hit Puberty
A new study shows that good health helps children with stressful transitions from elementary school to middle school. (via Science Daily)

New York Approves Tougher Regulations on Circumcision
The city’s Board of Health passed a regulation that will require consent from parents before Jewish ritual circumcisers can use their mouths to draw blood away from the incision. (via Reuters)

Keeping Mom and Baby Together After Delivery Beneficial
A new review backs up the WHO/UNICEF initiative of “rooming in,” or keeping mom and her newborn in the same room 24/7 to encourage breastfeeding. (via Science Daily)

Mixed Grades For New, Healthy School Lunch Rules
Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed reviews from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays. (via AP)

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Should Teachers Grade Parents, Too?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

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?

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