I applaud St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly for going after derelict parents who refuse to send their children to school on a daily basis. I urge him to continue his efforts by holding more parents responsible for their children’s absences from school. It’s too bad there’s not a law forcing parents to visit schools to learn how their children are faring.
Too many children miss school on a regular basis, and when state tests are taken, these absentee students inevitably bring the test scores down because they weren’t at school when the teacher was giving instructions. Who are made the scapegoats? Teachers. Actually, teachers only responsibilities should be teaching the subject matter, striving to reach each student at his level of learning and respecting students as human beings. But no, teachers must be the almighty saviors.
Again, accolades to the state’s attorney. Hopefully, other people in powerful positions will see the need to help the future of our youth by becoming actively involved. If the United States is to compete with China, India and other world powers, who take the education of their youth seriously, we must do the same for our youth. The well-being of our communities and country lies with the future generation, and if too many students miss school on a regular basis, we’ll be reduced to a nation of dummies. Then how could we remain a world power?