Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, April 11, 2001
"Until most parents view schools as an educational facility and not a day care center, there will be no progress in our educational standards (and test scores).
"Until most parents (and their children) view education as a tool for the future, no progress will be made. Until most parents take responsibility for the education of their children - get involved, support the school, continue education at home, stop using the schools as baby-sitters, no progress will be made.
"Until school districts stop social promotion - they can only stay in elementary or junior high for so many years -- no progress will be made. The schools do not need money. (They) need parents to be parents and take responsibility for, and an active part in, the education of their children."