Thursday, August 03, 2006

Does anyone know if truancy programs that bring the parents into court actually work? I mean, it makes sense that if a child is truant, and the police pick him/her up and return him/her to school, that will lessen truancy and related crime. But what effect does bringing parents in have? I don't think I've seen any studies to prove one way or the other.

(ME1 - A not-so-stupid study possibility?)

1 comment:

Blonde Justice said...

In some cities, they put truant kids in jail (along with their parents). Not so sure how that helps educate the kids either.

I guess the theory in punishing the parents is that some parents don't do enough to make sure their kids are doing what they're supposed to be doing. But sometimes its because the parents are busy working 2 jobs just to be able to feed/medicate/etc. the kids. Putting them in jail (or making them waste a day in court) means that they're just going to have to work more hours later.