If you have some extra time on your day off to check out a few other sites... Three Baltimore teacher bloggers have written entries in the past few days about the indifference of parents and kids in the education process, and their unwillingness to accept any personal responsibility. One of the teachers on The Challenge to Care in Charm City writes about a mother who says she's "done with her son—that he can do whatever he wants and she washes her hands of it. She told me it was on me to figure out if he could be saved." The entry ties the experience to the third part of my Alonso series, where I said the CEO's greatest challenge is overcoming the community's acceptance that things will never change.
Hot 4 Teaching writes about a father who didn't think his daughter should be suspended for getting into a fight and blamed the school for her acting out. And The Smallest Twine talks about the lunch and after-school sessions she's offered to help her struggling geometry students, only for no one to show up.
While I'm linking to city educators' blogs, this one is unrelated, but I've been meaning to mention the entry that Baltimore Diary did a couple of weeks back about schools' preparation for a special education audit.