Thursday, June 11, 2009

Community Development

I have just completed the Ministry of Education's absentee survey. I was struck by the question about how our school deals with patterns of absence. There was no option to tick "Offer family support" ! And yet this is what we do at NEV Normal.

The point is that absenteeism is a complex issue closely related to family dysfunction and community well being. It is not that parents want their children to fail - to the contrary it is an indicator of failing parents.

And this is where we should be focusing our attention - strengthening the family and the community.

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