Originally created 05/08/99

Encourages parental involvement 050899 - The Augusta Chronicle



...(T)he Richmond County Board of Education held a community meeting for parents on school safety. Staff writer Faith Johnson reported that approximately 150 parents attended. If you want to call the Board staff and principals "parents," then you might get 150 parents. The bottom line is we didn't have enough parents with children in the schools to attend the meeting. This makes me wonder if parents have forgotten about their children. ...

I don't agree with a lot of things the School Board does, but Superintendent Charles Larke's commitment to the safety of our children deserves credit. He is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure our kid's safety. The sad part is that parents don't feel the same way about their own children. The bottom line is, if something happens at one of our schools, parents shouldn't blame the School Board. Members have done their job as administrators.

If parents are not willing to deviate from their busy schedules to attend these meetings, how can we expect the problems to go away? ...

I recently sat in on three of my child's classes. I was sick when I left the school. You would think the children would have been on their best behavior because a parent was in the classroom. ... (But) they couldn't have cared less. ... I have watched some of these children grow up, and I know their parents, yet I was shocked to see them behave in this manner. Some didn't give the teacher any respect; they talked to the teacher as if the adult was a kid. ...

The School Board is only as successful as the parents make the system. It's time for parents to take control of our children and their education. ...

Venus Cain, Augusta