when my wife was teaching at a low income elementary school, with half the students ESL, she and the other teachers were required to join/pay PTA dues so that they would have attendees at the PTA events
to be fair, some of the ESL moms explained that their work hours prevented them from attending and others insisted they would come but had no transportation (the school was two blocks from the public bus stop)
My kids do GREAT in school. They're not geniuses; they have parents who demand they take it seriously and applaud and support their efforts every day. (They play select sports, too, which I believe fosters confidence and accountability just as much.)
our kids are the future. and i would prefer to have educated kids rather than drop outs my tax dollars will
go toward to cover their policing, welfare, incarceration and appearances before the court
and if they do not have supportive parents such as you and your wife, to cause them to recognize the need for a good education, to require them to attend school, to expect them to strive for academic success, then that impetus to succeed in school must come elsewhere - IF we actually want them to succeed in school
this need for government intervention when students have lousy parents is the very issue that caused me to walk away from the libertarian party. we can continue to waste our precious tax dollars not educating these kids or we can actually make our education dollars well spent. AA efforts, to provide opportunities for the underclass, remain necessary. we should pray for the day when such efforts are no longer found needed
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