Friday, October 22, 2010

Next : Public Floggings for Bad Parents ?

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is pushing for a law that calls for jail time for parents who skip parent-teacher conferences, a plan some call inspired and others consider the nanny state run amok.

Worthy pitched her plan Tuesday to the Detroit City Council and is shopping it to the Wayne County Commission and state Legislature. Drawing a link between parental involvement and youth crime, Worthy wants a sponsor to guide the idea to law.

Her plan would require parents to attend at least one conference per year or face three days in jail. Parents of those excelling in school would be exempt, as would those whose health issues make travel difficult and those “actively engaged” with teachers through e-mail, phone calls or letters.(1)

This is one of those laws that gets the authoritarian types excited until they realize it may apply to them. And it is completely unenforceable because the standards will never be equally applied. There are enough gray areas to walk many lawsuits through.

The whole thing is farce - kids are unlikely to do well in school if they are hungry or homeless no matter how many teachers or parents are yelled at. That means increasing wages and jobs and reducing profits ... something the U.S ruling class is incapable of considering. Unless we boot these suckers out, the road to collapse will be very harsh.

1'Worthy proposes jail for parents who skip kids' school conferences- - Detroit News

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