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Should Disinterested Parents Be Punished?

A Cobb School Board member has suggested taking away privileges like graduation tickets from parents who do not take an active role in their child's education.

Cobb Board of Education member David Morgan has suggested a radical solution to the problem of weak parent involvement in education. Credit: Patch File Photo
Cobb Board of Education member David Morgan has suggested a radical solution to the problem of weak parent involvement in education. Credit: Patch File Photo
A member of the Cobb Board of Education has suggested a controversial method to help encourage parents to become more active in their child's education.

David Morgan, who represents South Cobb, said during a Wednesday work session that parents who do not involve themselves fully in their student's academic career should lose privileges like extra graduation tickets.

Morgan said that too many parents in his part of the county were too selective in the school-related events they invest time in, frequenting weekend events like football games and largely ignoring parent-teacher conferences. 

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, the suggestion concerned and alarmed other school board members, who felt it was not the School District's place to force parents to get more involved in their child's education. Board Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci suggested that instead of using the stick, parents could be encouraged to become more active by enticing them with the carrot.

Morgan defended his position by saying that demographics in South Cobb schools necessitated tough penalties on lackadaisical parents. He added that what might work in South Cobb wouldn't necessarily produce results in the rest of the county.

Do you support David Morgan's proposal to compel parents to become more active in their child's education? Tell us in the comments!
R January 17, 2014 at 01:32 PM
How does he propose to measure how "involved" a parent needs to be? Many of the parents in his district work multiple jobs just to get by and don't have time to be "fully involved." Taking away graduation tickets isn't a threat to those with children who won't graduate, which is more likely when parents aren't involved.
Anne Taylor January 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Rather than penalize, look for Positive ways to encourage, support, and engage parents and those of us who are willing to work towards a better education in south cobb. The old adage "you get more with sugar than vinegar, is a timeless truth.

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