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Teachers grading parents

2011-02-01

Queen’s University education professor Don Klinger is available to talk about Florida State representative Kelli Stargel’s proposal to have teachers grade parents of students.

The idea is getting a lot of media attention. Dr. Klinger says educators know that parental involvement greatly improves students’ performance and there are examples of school programs trying to encourage parents to be more involved with their children’s education.

“We certainly have evidence that parents are an important part of education – it’s a huge predictor of achievement. So it’s interesting to see an attempt to support it. The problem is what value would a parental grading system have? Feedback is only good if you use it. As an example, feedback that says you need to be doing a better job won’t do you much good if you are a single mom struggling for survival,” says Dr. Klinger.

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