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  •  You completely forgot the parents (2+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey, m00finsan

    who are working two and three jobs to keep a roof over the heads of their children, food on the table, and the utility bills paid.

    For many of these parents, taking time off to attend school functions not only costs them in lost wages, it might even cost them their job. Many employers frown upon parental involvement during working hours.  

    If you really care about those children, go out and volunteer at a low-performing school. If you are an employer, pay your employees to do so. My company pays its employees up to 2 hrs per week to be involved in the schools, either as a supportive parent or as a concerned volunteer.
    It's the easy way out to blame the parents because that allows us to walk away from those children with a good conscience while feeling superior at the same time. It is much harder to see the need and then DOING something about it.

    That's why blaming the parents is such a successful talking point of the Republicans.


    If money is speech, then speech is money and I should be able to pay my bills with witty social commentary, astute political analysis or good old blarney

    by heiderose1 on Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 12:07:34 PM PDT

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