NY law would mandate parenting classes

New York parents would have to attend four parenting classes, including one on child abuse, under a bill introduced by State Sen. Ruben Diaz Jr. If parents don’t go, their sixth graders wouldn’t be promoted to seventh grade. (Would they stay in sixth grade forever?)

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  1. Roger Sweeny says:

    After the first hundred students are retained in sixth grade, education officials will send out a directive that the law should be enforced “flexibly, not punitively.”

  2. Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

    Not going on to seventh grade?
    The parents who need these classes….

    DO. NOT. CARE.

  3. It would have the benifit of removing a lot of intentional non-learners from high school classrooms. Maybe we could set up a special middle school to send these kids to so they don’t screw up the regular schools.

    • Roger Sweeny says:

      And maybe those middle schools should not try to prep those kids for college. Maybe it should try to teach them things they will use and are interested in.

      No, that would be much too difficult.

  4. Be simpler to require the noncustodial parent to visit the child each month and to garnish wages for child support.

  5. SC Math Teacher says:

    If this ridiculous thing passes into law, the parents of a gifted student should refuse to go and dare the school system to hold him back. It would be a gutsy — and, perhaps, foolish — move, but I’d love to see the outcome.

    Unfortunately we cannot legislate good parenting. Encourage? Yes.