Saturday, August 28, 2010

Delaware will pay parents to attend their own kids' events!

This is unbelievable!!! I was watching this news piece on HLN and could not believe what I was hearing! This is when I don't get why people want kids when they're not willing to sacrifice their "precious" free time and spend it with their children or for their children instead. 

In order to increase parental involvement, the Capital School District in Delaware will pay parents a stipend for participating in certain school events. They do justify this stipend by putting it away for the child's college fund. The payments, part of the district's Race to the Top proposal, would come from its more than $5.6 million share of the state's $119 million federal Race to the Top grant. A total of $15,000 is budgeted for the payments, although how much parents would receive per visit was not clear. As a parent, I think it is ridiculous that parents have to be paid to be responsible for their own child. As a child, I don't know how I would feel knowing my parents benefited for attending my school events. I would be wondering if they really came for me or for the money. It doesn't make a child feel very secure of his/her parents' love, does it?

"If I could wave a magic wand, I would wave it to increase the level of engagement of parents in their kids' education," Gov. Jack Markell said.
A viewer on HLN piped in saying that she was a single mom, with two jobs, and yet she always made sure she had time for her two daughters. Both daughters have since gone on to graduate from college. Perhaps, instead, parents should be fined for not being involved with their children's education. Hey, now that's a thought. This way, it won't drain the tax payers' resources and will be definitely a good "incentive" for parents who need to be prodded to be a part of their children's lives. I'm pretty riled up by this news piece. I've known parents on both side of the spectrum and it drives me insane to hear of parents who put their own "luxuries" and self-enjoyment as a more important priority than their child should be. Yes, I agree that sometimes it's nice to take a break from it all, but to do it consistently is not ideal. As a parent, you and no one else should be raising your own child as no one can do it better than you can! Sure, there may be exceptions to this case, but those exceptions are very rare. If you truly love your child, you will do anything and everything that will be most beneficial to their well-being, including being a part of their daily growth and definitely be a huge part in their education! Thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I second on the "fine" non participating parents idea. Family is important concept really need to emphasis on all level. Afterall, the little ones grow up so fast that you just don't know how much you miss out on the early years. As for the kids, they do remember the fun time with the parents. It's the love and care they get that they will never forget in the future years. Just my thoughts.

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