I've been laminating about the broken relationship between parents and the school system last week, asking for opinions on how we can reach out to parents who absolutely do not trust us. Yet I forgot to ask the very people who are the key piece to that relationship- the parents. A few days ago anonymous kindly took the time to type her frustrations with the public schools. Her concerns are valid and are an excellent reminder of what we need to be mindful of as we go back to school. She (I'm assuming it's a she but I could be wrong) stated that schools should be transparent and make information readily available to parents, be mindful of parents' time, minimize the hoops parents have to jump through to get information on what is going on in school, and to not use children as a way to fundraise for the school. Take time to read her comments, my summary isn't doing them justice.
As a teacher without a school age child of my own I really appreciate this perspective. We need to know where the problems are before we can fix them. Little things like working on consistent communication may make a big difference.
There are places where the relationship between the school and the parents is completely broken. If we are going to improve education for our students it is essential that we repair this relationship. We must operate as a team with parents and we have to figure out a way to do that.
So I'm asking you to take the same time that anonymous did and let me know-
What did a school do that caused you to lose trust that the school was looking out for your child's best interest?
What do schools do that let you know your child is in good hands?
What do you want to see out of your schools?
What can schools do to rebuild your trust?