Is Jail Time the Best Way to Get Parents Involved in Education?

Extreme and less-extreme measures for getting parents to pay attention to their child's education.


NPR's Talk of the Nation hosted a discussion on Monday about how to get more parents involved in their child's education. In 2007, according to Department of Education numbers, 20 percent of parents skipped conferences with their kids' teachers—a phenomenon that is more pronounced in low-income communities. Proposed solutions for raising the level of parental involvement in education run the gambit from making schools more "welcoming" to visiting parents to jailing parents who willfully neglect their children's education.

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