should be visited on the kids.
This is a sentiment we often see on the internets.
Schools in poor neighborhoods are often terrible. If the parents cared, they’d homeschool or move. (Because that’s totally an option for single moms on EITC working minimum wage jobs as best they can.)
We shouldn’t improve the quality of school lunches. If parents cared, they’d be feeding their kids organic meals full of veggies made from scratch every night so one meal a day wouldn’t hurt them.
Personally we suspect a lot of this sentiment is disguised racism. Who cares about black kids or Hispanic kids. It’s their fault for being born something other than anglo-saxon. But maybe not– the internet seems to think just as poorly of rural white parents from West Virginia.
We also suspect it’s a way that middle class folks feel superior. We’re not like THOSE people. Our kids will do just fine because we’re so wonderful. Our schools are great not because everyone else in our neighborhood is able to pay higher property taxes, but because we made the decision to be (white and) middle class.
It’s parents’ fault is the repeated refrain. That’s why schools are crumbling. That’s why kids are fat. That’s why kids are in bad schools. Or don’t get enough to eat. Or get kidnapped or shot.
We at Grumpy Rumblings say: WHO CARES?
Whether it’s parents fault or not, Won’t somebody think of the children?
Kids could have crappy parents and still get a great education if all kids had access to great schools. Sure, some kids may be too damaged to benefit from even the best interventions, but what about the bulk of kids who could benefit? Who through no fault of their own are stuck in poverty with little way out? Imagine if they had great preschools, safe neighborhoods, healthy food, high quality K-12… the chance to take a calculus class. Maybe they’d have a chance to live the American Dream.
Even if their parents suck.