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Do you think that Lawrence schools could be doing more to reduce truancy?

Response Percent Votes
64% 146
27% 62
8% 20
Total 228


BigPrune 10 years, 3 months ago

Maybe the truancy level would get reduced if the the school district did away with "Wacky Wednesdays" - going half days on Wednesdays week in and week out.

When I was in school, it would've been a dream come true to have a half day off every week. But back then, dual income families were a rarity. Now that mom and dad have to work to make ends meet, having their children free to roam shouldn't be a worry for some parents - not that I would do this, but I can see a lot of parents with older children letting them roam free.

Perhaps someone needs to rethink this policy. After all, if the school district doesn't think it is important for children to attend school 5 full days a week, maybe the children would be more serious in wanting to attend school five full days a week.

torcia 10 years, 3 months ago

If taxpayers have to pay for them then there a**es better be in their seats!

Richard Heckler 10 years, 3 months ago

The school district and parents perhaps could effect truancy if both demanded a new curriculum that would teach the whole child thus be more interesting and sometimes fun.

One such program does exist:

No child left behind does nothing to stimulate learning in young brilliant minds.

The problem of truancy is not truly a problem for the school district but for parents. It is the parents job.

Jcjayhawk1 10 years, 3 months ago

Could do more or Should more? Parents have become complacent regarding their child's education. The school can only do so much. Now you have these parents that rely on the schools to raise and educate their children. The issue here is the lack of effort these parents put into the relationship with their child. Don't have time? Work too much? Too bad. Don't have a child.

These kids have their hand held all the way through high school then get to collage. Bam! instant independence . What now? Sometime between graduation and enrollment to collage the kid becomes qualified to manage their time. Who's fault? The kids, the derelict parents and the school truancy policy.

Kat Christian 10 years, 3 months ago

In the ole days when I went to school they had a bonified truant officer. There were so many and they covered regions. I mean they overlooked National Skip day, but when you were suppose to be in school you bet they found where you were and either took you to school or contacted your parents. Needless to say, not many skipped because the punishment was 3 day suspension and if you were a repeater you were expelled and not allowed back in school unless your parents came in and made a contract with the school to guarentee the student would not skip again or they would not be allowed back into that particularly school or would have to be home schooled. The kids today don't witness or have any real consequence and they know it so what the heck.... I'd skip my tale off too knowing nothing would happen to me except a figure shook at me. Duh!!! talk to the hand.

sks6cf 10 years, 3 months ago

At the highschool level students are old enough to be responsible for themselves. If they miss school they are capable of getting caught up without a phone call to their parents. They should learn to handle the consequences of being absent. It'll teach them how to prioritize in the real world... they'll see that truency is less desirable than being present.

Mark Bowers 10 years, 3 months ago

The reason why kids skip school or arrive late falls solely on the parents. People rush to blame and point the finger at the schools, but that isn't right. Parents need to step up and start raising their own kids instead of thinking that the schools should. I honestly believe that most parents can not find fault in their kids and guess what they grow up and go through life feeling like they can do no wrong and everyone owes them. Sounds really smart right?

kickpoprnce 10 years, 3 months ago

the blame doesn't rest on anybodys shoulders but the schools, i feel that teachers could make the work more exciting. Therefore the students would have motivation to get to school on time

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 3 months ago

kickpopmce, Does your boss make your work exciting so you'll show up at work. Although I try to make my lessons interesting (and I think learning another language is really interesting) I am not an entertainer. The kids still have to do the work of learning. I have many students who would love it if you could just hook them up to a machine that would pour the knowledge into them, so they could go home and do nothing but play. Play is not the real world.

reason 10 years, 3 months ago

When they skip, they can owe some community time on Saturdays--clean up streets and have to wear the orange jumpsuits--i saw this in Texas and it works--

CarterFaucheaux 10 years, 3 months ago

Everyone needs a day off every once in a while, a la Ferris Beuller. Do what I did kids: steal a packet of passes and learn how to forge your attendance lady's signature. Then, proceed to deliver passes to your friends as if you were an office aide. Next, skip class to do whatever the hell you want. And it's excused!

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