Tonight we held our annual open house at our Junior High. I had a great turnout with a line out the door to wait and speak to me. I had them lined up, if I was selling something I could have made a sizable addition to my bank account this morning, but I wasn’t selling a commodity, I was selling something though: me. But part of “me” was already sold before my parents attended Open House. You see my students are the cream of the crop, the cock of the walk, the top achievers. I teach the GT and Pre AP students, those who place a high priority on school as do their parents. Of course, I was going to have a great number of parents attending because they place a high value on school and education.
But what about those students who don’t value education or those parents who don’t place a high value on being involved. What do we do with them? Truth be told I really didn’t NEED to meet any of those parents because their kids are going to do well and be well behaved. The parents who NEEDED to be here weren’t. Don’t get me wrong, it is helpful to meet our parents and I enjoyed the conversations, but these are the parents and students that teachers aspire to teach and whom our colleges design their courses for. But we don’t teach in perfect environments, in fact, there is no such thing.
So until we come up with a better plan, we will open our schools and welcome those who will do well no matter what we do. But wouldn’t it be great if our schools were places where all felt welcomed to attend? Until tomorrow, peace.
Here is what I mean: colleges prepare future teachers for the ideal student and environment, they don’t take into consideration how to teach a kid who could care less and whose parent tells you the kid is your problem when you call. When I call one of my GT/Pre AP parents things happen. Their child has consequences at home and thus do better at school.
Our open house is open, but how effective was it really? The problem with education today is multi-faceted and complex. But at the same time it isn’t unsolvable. Hold kids and parents accountable and FAIL them if they won’t do the work. Pushing kids through just because weakens the system and tells students and parents who don’t care that what they do in class really doesn’t matter.