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Parents Tracking Grades

Keeping Tabs on Kids Even When They Are at School

Back in the good old days, students were responsible for showing their grades to their parents by bringing home report cards.

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Nowadays, parents can rely on other systems to relay a student's performance. Programs like ParentConnect and PowerSchool enable teachers to share student's grades, attendance, class rank and assignments with their parents.

Clearly there are pros and cons to a system like this. For those with troubled children, it may help keep a pulse on what is actually happening when they are away from home. On the other hand, it can be an unnecessary tool to meddle in a youngster's life.

School is often the one place kids can escape their parents. Knowing that their every move is being tracked could cause children anxiety and frustration – even for good students.

Additionally, this type of monitoring risks creating an atmosphere of distrust within the family. As a parent, I believe instilling a sense of independence and honesty is one of the best gifts you can give your child. By hovering over them, you are stripping them of developing both.

Instead of mom asking her child how the history test went, she already knows.

And there is a reason why they cut the umbilical cord at birth — kids can, and should thrive without parental coaching at every moment.

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lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
class rank bothers me. is my child happy, engaged, working at a level that is challenging, those are the things i need to know. what does class rank tell me about my child?
stina829 stina829 7 years
That's awesome - I love the idea!
Moms Moms 7 years
I think it's a great way for parents and teachers to communicate about upcoming school events and project or to relay questions, but I agree with babysugar — kids also need their independence and a break from their parents!
honey693 honey693 7 years
I think it's useful as a teacher since students (especially younger ones who lose things between the classroom and the bus) don't always bring things home. I cannot tell you how many times I have told parents (via newsletter or emails) that report cards or big tests are coming home and they call me 3 days later since their child vehemnetly denied this even when told that they knew I had sent them home. It's not always the "bad" kids that do this either. Sometimes the "good" kids will get a bad grade and be scared to bring it home.
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
Very well said!! I couldn't agree more.
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