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Agreed. On parental participation...

Posted by Word Camel on October 05, 2003

In Reply to: Bergy, I guess we're just getting old posted by GPP on October 05, 2003

: : : : : : : Our daughter has come home from school with a list of 60 proverbs that have been abbreviated by their first letter eg A.M.T.H.G.F - ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER. Can anyone help with the 6 that we can't do? They are driving us mad with frustration!
: : : : : : : I.L.F.A.D.H
: : : : : : : S.O.O.A.H.A.D.O.T.O
: : : : : : : A.B.A.T.A.O.S
: : : : : : : I.L.L.T.S.D.W.T.H.H.B
: : : : : : : C.S.B.T.A.G
: : : : : : : T.C.B.T.S

: : : : : : : Thank you for your time.

: : : : : : I've been paging through books of proverbs with no luck so far. My sympathies.

: : : : : Was the assignment given to the students or to the parents?

: : : :
: : : : ::: Don't knock parent participation. There isn't enough of it. Are you seriously saying you never received help from your parents? Sad if it's so.

: : : I don't knock parental participation at all; but is this homework, or a game? I can't imagine what grade level an assignment like this might be for, or for what subject. There were 60 of them??

: : Participation, encouragement, supplying resources, fine. Doing the child's assignment, not fine, assuming it's the kind of homework that the student is expected to do for herself, in order to learn something. Maybe the list of sayings was handed out as something interesting to play with, a set of brain teasers. I balk at "earning" a grade for someone else's work.

: : Like GPP, I never had exercises of this kind in school. I probably would have enjoyed them.

: School ain't what it used to be.

It seems, from reading and talking too people with children of school age, that there is far too much parental participation these days. It's not uncommon for homework to be designed especially so that it is impossible for the student to do the work *without* parental participation. A little help now and then, if it's selective and doesn't ever become a case of the parent doing the work for the student, is okay in my book. Parental participation for the sake of it is not. Students don't learn to work independently. I have even read about parents helping their children with their term papers in college and I have to say I find it very disturbing.