I asked this question #1 a mom wrote it in her profile that she wasn't going back to work until her child was in school " that way the school was the babysitter". #2 I have also heard it referred to bysome,(not on here so much) as a glorified baby sitting job that you don't have to pay for. I was just curious. I know that some parents will send their children to school knowing that they are sick(throwing up, high fever,sore throat).Do people realize how unhealthy this is? Then parents are upset that the school has called to come pick them up while they are throwing up and fever is 101 ( This is not a just for fun ?,but I didn't know where to put it)Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 6:04 AM on Nov. 9, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
Answer by caitxrawks at 6:21 AM on Nov. 9, 2008
Answer by manna1qd at 8:07 AM on Nov. 9, 2008
Answer by manna1qd at 8:14 AM on Nov. 9, 2008
At my school yes. I have one student who is picked up late everyday and the mother has told the office people that "it is their job" to watch her kids. She is, in general, 30 min. late per day. We don't offer after school care. I have to make arrangements and pay someone to pick up my child. It makes me really mad and my principal could stop this. Also her kids are out of control, and this adds to the chaos they cause. So yes, people believe this and I think it borders on abuse when it is done the way it is at my school. The kids could be taken to the closest police precinct, but my boss won't do that.
Answer by Teachermom01 at 8:53 AM on Nov. 9, 2008
Lots of people see it that way. I know people who love the idea of universal preschool, because they won't have to pay for day care. They don't really care if their kids are benefiting or not, or struggling or not.
Answer by mancosmomma at 9:18 AM on Nov. 9, 2008
I don't know how parents can do this because I personally, don't send my children if they are throwing up or have a temperature the night before or in the morning. Not only, is it unsafe for my children, but as well as their classmates because of the germs that can be spread. Our school offers after-school programs which our kids participate in and I've been a few (maybe 10) minutes late, but as far as everyday, NO because it's our job to be on time as well as they would be removed from the program. IMO, school should be treated as just that, SCHOOL, not "DAYCARE". It is the parent's job to find adequate before and after school care for their children because unless their children take part in after school programs, the school's "responsibility" ends at the end of the school day.
Answer by LovingParent08 at 10:11 AM on Nov. 9, 2008
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Answer by BJoan at 11:23 AM on Nov. 9, 2008
as a teacher i can say yes you are 100% right to say SOME parents see it as a free babysitter, dont fully recognize the purpose is to learn, not to just stay for 6-8 hr a day... i send my 3 yr old to Montessori afternoon preschool, dont see it as a babysitter at all, they dont nap, lunch, they just go to learn and go home... home takes care of their physical needs, including staying home when sick, now we do encourage children with JUST a cold to attend but still many too sick kids come regularly. it is a shame (the babysitter perspective) because it pulls away from the potential of the whole group when a parent doesn't understand the importance of certain behavior so that everyone can learn, but i dont expect that to change any time soon. looking at different country's perspectives on education is really interesting too, look at Japan and Holland ... two opposites but they produce much better results than we do
Answer by AmaliaD at 12:11 PM on Nov. 9, 2008
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