Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The State Owns You and Your Children

A Republican house representative in Texas has put forth a bill that if passed, could result in criminal charges and fines for parents who fail to show up to a scheduled meeting with their child's teacher.

AUSTIN, Texas - Parents beware: Miss a meeting with your child's teacher and it could cost you a $500 fine and a criminal record.

A Republican state lawmaker from Baytown has filed a bill that would charge parents of public school students with a misdemeanor and fine them for playing hooky from a scheduled parent-teacher conference.

Rep. Wayne Smith said Wednesday he wants to get parents involved in their child's education.

"I think it helps the kids for the parents and teachers to communicate. That's all the intent was," Smith said.
Why stop at fining parents for meeting with their kid's teacher? Isn't it time to fine parents for failing to help their children with their homework? Like all nanny state measures, whether legislated or proposed, the use of force is always justified, so long as the good of "the community" is the central focus.
Parents could avoid prosecution if they have a "reasonable excuse" for not showing up. State education officials or local school districts would probably be responsible for defining reasonable.

Fines collected would go to the district for teacher pay raises or to buy supplies.
As most parents have to work for a living to pay the salaries of politicians like Wayne Smith, it is quite likely earning milk money for their child trumps a "conference" with the teacher on the child's re-education progress. No matter how many laws such people pull out of their golden asses, there will always be parents who take little interest in their child's ability to memorize the latest warnings of Al Gore and Michael Moore. It's okay to be a bully, so long as you receive the requisite amount of votes.

Cross vomited at The Broom.


Jake said...

Texas sure has lost it's reputation lately for being an anti-nanny state crusader. This story--along with the recent news that Texas' Governor has made it mandatory that all teen girls be vaccinated for HPV--is a another sign that the state-intrusion that they decried for so long is now the norm.

I thought Republicans were the ones denouncing government telling people what to do--not helping.

Honey Pot said...

How ludicrous. The report cards are computer generated with generic categories each child falls into. You get dumb reports such as your child can cut well with scissors, but can't stay within the lines while coloring. A computer glitch I am sure. The only time a teacher wants to see a parent, is when the child is disruptive in school, and that is just to talk them into putting them on sedatives, such as ritalin.

I always thought it would be a good idea for students, and parents to be able to write report cards on the curriculum and teachers.