Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The effect of parental incompetence on education ... By Benjamin Demille
Dear Mitchell Chester,
The title kind of says it all.
There are an impressive number of bad parents in America. There are parents who genuinely believe that infants cry at night just to "piss off" their parents. (Yes, I actually heard a young mother in Fitchburg make this claim about her newborn.) There are parents who believe that alcohol is a food group and that reading a book is a loathsome task never to be undertaken again after leaving school. There are parents who believe that brutalizing and terrorizing other people's children is their child's God given right, and that fear is equivalent to respect.
Bad parents and their violent progeny have an overwhelmingly detrimental effect upon the effectiveness of America's education system and upon the subsequent behavior of individual victims that public officials, elected or otherwise have consistently refused to acknowledge.
Your recent effort to ruin the careers of thousands of teachers by tying their licensure to their evaluations is a good example of how far public officials are willing to go in order to avoid acknowledging the seriousness of parental incompetence and to redirect the public's attention away from the real source of our problems.
Here's your homework question:
Will anyone in a position of authority be acknowledging this problem before the next Oklahoma City, Columbine, or Sandy Hook reminds everyone of the cost of denial?
This letter was sent to Commissioner Mitchell Chester, the Board of Education, and The Boston Globe.
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