I was doing a little thinking on the drive back from my class reunion. So often we as legislators talk about the biggest problem with education is not just the education system itself, it is the child with little to no motivation to do well in school and a family structure that cares little to nothing about their child or that child's education. That is an even bigger issue.
How do you change that? How do you break that cycle? How do you motivate a parent who does not care? What is in it for them? Why should they push their child to do something different then they did?
One legislator suggested report cards for parents. I have a different idea.
Why not tie a child getting an education to a parents getting "entitlements"? If the child fails to make progress or drops out of school, the parent and child lose the government funded benefits until the child is 21. We already say a kid can not get a drivers license if they don't get a high school diploma. How about sharing the responsibility, punishment and reward with the person who can most motivate that child?