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Why Have a Parent Only School Portal? Because it's not the 1950's!

Sep 01 2015

Too often, we found ourselves asking questions, looking for answers, and finding the parents with whom we were speaking had the same questions. We were asking those specific parents because they were the more senior and who had been at the school longer. Three years into it, we still have simple questions for which we seek a quality answer, or two, or even a head nod from someone.

We look to the school and find that they are still acting as though it's the 1950's, where one member of the family worked, usually the father, and one stayed home, usually the mother. One mother, per class, would take on the task of being the keeper of the phone tree, the email list in today's world. That mother would then be responsible for communicating with other mothers and by herself she would be the arbiter of the conversations. In the end, some decisions would be made and some actions would be taken. If you weren't an involved mother, you would be shunned and lowered on the calling list and at times not involved at all. The same exact thing happens today. The main difference being, we can't be involved because both parents work. Or, we can't be involved because we are ill informed, over scheduled, not on the calling list hierarchy, or in some cases not agreeable with the class mother.

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