Miss a parent-teacher conference, go to jail for negligence, proposes Kim Worthy, a prosecutor in Detroit. The Good Men Project Magazine reports:
Her plan would require parents to attend at least one conference per year or face three days in jail. Parents of those excelling in school would be exempt, as would those whose health issues make travel difficult and those “actively engaged” with teachers through e-mail, phone calls or letters.
“We have to find any means necessary to get parents involved,” Worthy said. “We have to start talking about prevention.”
Worthy is pushing the plan to the Detroit City Council, the Wayne County Commission and the state legislature, though she concedes it’s more of a talking point than a realistic plan.
With the ubiquity of computers and cell phones, it should be possible to hold virtual parent-teacher conferences that would be far more convenient for working parents.