Which I unfortunately agree. Many students skip class or school with little to no repercussions at home. What kind of message does that portray to the kids about the importance of school?
It’s Mayor Bloomberg vs. the parents, Round II.
For the second time in a year, Bloomberg angered critics by suggesting that some parents don’t understand the importance of an education.
“We have a lot of kids who unfortunately don’t have parents at home when they leave in the morning or get home in the afternoon and it’s harder to supervise kids,” Bloomberg said Friday on his weekly radio show while talking about truancy.
“And then maybe, you know, some people don’t care,” Bloomberg said.
“Some people don’t understand the value of education.”
was fierce and fast.
“There the mayor goes again, blaming parents,” said parent leader Zakiyah Ansari. “It’s always everyone’s fault but his.”
“He should be talking about ensuring that there are more guidance counselors, social workers and smaller classrooms so schools can keep better track of students and the reasons why they aren
’t going,” Ansari said, “instead of blaming parents and families that have challenges he clearly doesn’t understand.”
His anti-truancy riff targeting parents was an easy mark for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who quickly criticized Bloomberg’s proposed budget cuts to child care and after-school programs.
“I just think it’s blatantly insensitive,” the 2013 mayoral hopeful said. “I think he’s out of touch with what’s happening with parents all over this city.”
“This is not the first time he’s suggested that parents don’t care about their kids’ education,” de Blasio said.
Last May, Bloomberg hammered public school parents who were in opposition to his proposed education reforms.
He ripped those who fought the city
’s efforts to close struggling schools in poor and minority neighborhoods.
“There are some parents who
. . .
never had a formal education, and they don’t understand the value of education,” said Hizzoner during a
previous WOR radio show appearance.
This time around, even one of the mayor’s harsher critics says he has a point.
“I salute the mayor for trying to get kids to come to school,” said Brian De Vale, principal of PS 257 in Brooklyn, “and for trying to encourage parents to ensure that their children are in fact going to school after they leave for work in the morning.”