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  •  But we also assume that because people are (0+ / 0-)

    poor, they won't have time and/or inclination to have a say in the system.

    That's why so many of these solutions have to be local ones. Teachers and administrators need to find ways to engage parents, no matter what their social status. We should stop assuming that being poor makes it impossible to contribute - yes, it makes it harder but it doesn't make it impossible.

    We get stuck into a framework of teacher meetings and after school conferences. Can't we find different ways to hold meaningful dialogue?

    Here in Argentina, my kids bring home a red book. My teenager brings it home once a week. My 12 year old everyday. It's a place for teachers and parents to communicate - without telephones, without computers, with whatever time is available in the day. It's a possible solution to better communication.

    I would imagine that kids living with a mom that works two jobs need less homework, not more. Can a teacher adapt to that? I would imagine that kids with a mom with two jobs need more after school care... or, heaven forbid, overnight care? Could school programs adapt to that? Why aren't we asking these moms what they need to make school work for their kids? Or are we... is there a model that is working this way?

    I bet if we included more families in the planning of schools, we could design schools that are more responsive to the community.

    Anyway, I think we're more on the same page than not, don't you?

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