Mandatory volunteering at school?

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    School district may make volunteering mandatory - San Jose Mercury News

    Good idea? I don't think I could give 30 hours. I have always participated in PTA and fundraisers, etc., but haven't volunteered in the classroom since my son was in Kindergarten. What say you?
     
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    Well ... if it becomes mandatory it ceases to be voluntary. By what authority does the school district make and enforce this mandate? I would think that parents would eventually become resentful. They should come up with a more appealing method of urging parents to get more involved.
     
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    Beat me to it. ;)
     
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    My understanding was in the Russian system the parents were obliged to help out 1 night per month with basic janitorial stuff.

    I don't care if it is voluntary. Parents should be involved in the school, if nothing else to see what a menace their little darling is.
     
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    why would you become resentful? Your kid gets a free education. Your participation just helps your kid do better and they love having their parents involved.

    It's a new concept, but that doesn't make it a bad idea. I think most people would tell you that the more involved parents are, the more successful kids are. And 30 hours a year is a big 3 hours a month. Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seems like a win-win.
     
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    I know a lot of private schools do this, I don't think they HAVE to do it, but it's highly suggested. Of course the more wealthy parents could just write a check for a new computer lab instead, so they wouldn't have to interrupt their day by spending it at their child's school.


    Mandatory Volunteering, not a good idea, because many parents would complain:

    "How can I get off work so much to help out at my child's school?"

    "Why are they making me do this? I pay my taxes damn it!"


    "I just don't have the TIME!"


    It's a great idea though, to be involved in your child's education. If more parents were, we would see a hell of a lot more improvement in schools.
     
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    I agree but some of the charter schools I've checked out require less than 30 hours and included conferences and evening activities. 30 hours would be at least five full school days. That's a lot.

    And yes I know "mandatory volunteerism" is an oxymoron.

    I've known teachers who give no homework coupons to kids whose parents show up for conferences. It would probably be frowned upon if my boss (I mean their boss) found out about it. Lol
     
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    Wouldn't this also present a security problem? Some parents shouldn't be allowed around their own kids, let alone strangers.

    And even that works both ways. I'd feel bad for the parents who has to deal with false accusations and misunderstandings that could lead to damaged reputations and legal troubles.

    And what are they gonna do? Pass out crayons?

    No. Let the parents stick to helping with homework.
     
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    There is nothing "free" about a free education.

    While I agree that parental involvement in their child's school is a good thing, something to be encouraged, to make it mandatory requires a check. Mandatory is no longer volunteering. Furthermore, would that thirty hours be per child? Total? Per school?

    No, I don't see it. Where does a school district get such power?
     

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