Teachers can’t do it alone

April 14, 2010

Successful school achievement depends on an active partnership between parents, teachers and principals. There has been much debate and much written about the teacher and principal sides of this partnership. However, as President Obama has noted, parents need to do their part, too.

On a recent pleasant spring afternoon, I observed Baltimore County high school students cutting classes and leaving their school in droves. How do we evaluate a teacher's performance when students don't attend class? In the same school, there was very low participation by parents on a recent back to school night, most teachers had only a handful of parents participating, and some teachers had not a single parent attend.

Yes, we need well qualified, hard working teachers. However, we also need parents to commit to their children's school success.

William Shlapack

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