Hey Teachers, It’s Not All About You
A new poll conducted by the Associated Press and Stanford University found that 68% of adults believe that parents deserve the blame for failing schools, while only 35% blamed the teachers. The poll also found that a slight majority, 55%, believed that their children were receiving a better education than they did, while 75% believed that the quality of their child’s school was good or excellent, indicating that the Ed Deform movement has failed to sway parents with their sky is falling and all teachers suck hysteria.
While this may seem like vindication for teachers, it is really just another case of blaming the victims. The most significant cause of poor student achievement is social class. Poor kids do worse in school. This achievement gap is measurable at the pre-k level in terms of vocabulary and pre-reading skills.(See Burkam and Lee, and Hart and Risely).
While it is easy to blame parents for not reading to kids, or teaching them good manners and discipline, when parents are working two or three jobs just to make ends meet and aren’t even home for dinner, it becomes very difficult to monitor their child’s school progress or to find time to read to them.