If a child chooses to miss school, it is the child, not the parent who is at fault. Usually the parents want their child to attend school. If anyone should be punished, it should be the truant. After all, they are thinking, independent human beings, not just the property of their parents. Many parents are at their wit’s end about how to control their kids.
Our prisons are crowded and it is very expensive to keep someone in jail. Parents of truants are not violent or a threat to others. Jail should be kept for real crimes and dangerous offenders.
Truancy cannot be treated on its own - it is often a warning sign of other problems. Many children truant because they know they will be bullied and are scared to go to school. Others have learning or behavioural difficulties that the school is failing to tackle. Some are very bright and don’t see any point of turning up for lessons that do not stretch them, or where discipline is so bad learning is not possible. Until the reasons children play truant are dealt with, no amount of punishment will work.
Punishment is a heavy-handed policy and often applied unfairly. Different schools and local officials have different approaches, and some resort to threats of prison far too quickly.
Answer by Amanda272011 at 9:58 PM on May. 16, 2011
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I'm assuming we are talking high school kids because younger than that if they are purposely skipping school the parents had BETTER know about it, and it IS the parents responsibility to get them to school (barring illness, death in the family, or other legitimate excuses). As for high school.. it depends.. it is partially the parents, it's also the students fault for skipping class. Do I think they (the parents) deserve jail time over it? no. at that point (15+) it should be the responsibility of the kid to get themselves to school.
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