From California to New York parents are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the education of their children. Legislation titled “Parent Trigger” was written to give parents more power to effect change in the system of education.
The reality is, parent power does not need to be legislated but simply acted upon. Parents already have the right and the responsibility to change the system of education for their children.
New York State Education Law: NYSED / P-12 / Part 100 Regulations / 100.11 Participation of parents and teachers in school-based planning and shared decisionmaking, gives parents the right and responsibility to be involved in the decision making process for their child’s school. Unfortunately, most School Based Planning Teams are run by the administrators or teachers with little parent involvement. Decision making isn’t shared and parents are generally out voted though decisions are supposed to be made by consensus.
Parents, these are your children! You don’t have to wait for someone to write your rights into law. You do, however, have to take responsibility. You have to be involved in your child’s education. Make sure your children know and understand the importance of an excellent education. Make sure they do their homework. Make sure they get good grades. Once you have done all of those things, you have to protest, you have to boycott, you have to be committed to fight for your children’s right to be successfully educated.
Parent uprisings are not unusual. In fact they are common. So common that leaders in education have learned that they need only to “wait out the storm” and eventually dissatisfied parents will go away. Today’s Parent Trigger laws are yesterday’s Parent Involvement policies. Both are simply measures to placate and distract parents from recognizing and acting upon their power.
Parents, you are the trigger. Demand what your children deserve, an excellent education. Don’t wait for those that created the problem to solve it. Work with those who are committed to changing the system of education not the business of education. Make sure that when you pull the trigger you are aiming in the right direction.
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