Learning Content and Policy Dialogue
Parents deserve a bigger voice not only in the learning content of public schools, but also how they are handling things like behavior problems and disability programs. The task of communicating and reaching an understanding is difficult for both educators and teachers. Often teachers blame parents for behavior problems they see in their students, and wish the parents were more involved.
On the other end, parents often only have access through their children to what kind of learning content and behavior management is going on in the schools. For both, it’s hard to get the big picture. More dialogue in general is necessary. A few solutions are the appointing of an independent commissioner, informing families immediately when something has gone wrong at school, and the writing of clear answers to parents’ questions about learning content and school policies.