I just can’t understand what the hell is going on with parents in Edgewood. I just attended a PTA meeting at Deerfield Elementary and there were the same four to five parents plus the Principal and Vice Principal at the meeting. In the past few years, this PTA has been run by just a handful of parents (under ten in total) and it baffles me.
I am frustrated because we have tried everything under the sun to get parents to come to meeting and see what’s going on in the school and participate in the PTA, but out of 510 students only ten parents participate.
Tonight there was a talent show tryout for 4th & 5th graders. I kid you not, that gymnasium was full of parents along with their children to come tryout in the pouring rain. Yet, not one of those parents in that gym has attended one PTA meeting in the past two years. I know this because the same parents have been in every meeting. In a whole school year you cannot make one meeting yet still you can attend a try out for a talent show that has absolutely nothing to do with your child’s future? Honestly, are these people for real? How can a parent send their child to a public institution and never attend meetings that are supposed to be for PARENTS and TEACHERS. Do these parents even know that the PTA is an organization for the parents?
I hear people complaining all the time about the teachers, principal and the staff but really, what right do we have to hold these employees to a standard when we don’t care? Who should care more for your child…you or a paid employee? When you go to work that’s your job but being a parent is a lifestyle. These are the same parents who, when its time for registration in the Edgewood Joppatowne Football and Cheerleading program, line up an hour before the doors open to ensure their children get a spot on the team…they attend every practice, which mind you is 5 days a week in August and two times a week plus a game after school starts. They never miss a game nor do they miss a practice come rain or shine and drive to competitions all over the state. Can they attend one PTA meeting? No sir… that’s not important enough.
Why oh why, someone tell me, even the kindergarten parents do not attend! It’s my thought process that maybe they will be excited about participating, but maybe, this is just a free daycare. I hate to even think about all the excuses that could come from parents after reading this article, but you know what I say to that? Poverty has nothing to do with caring and I beg to differ that the families at Deerfield are that poor. Drive down Willoughby Beach Road and see these wonderful houses that feed that school.
If you are wondering why the school’s MSA scores are so low, LOOK WITHIN YOURSELF!!! You do not care, so how can your children care? Do not blame the teachers, they can do but so much, but with your lack of concern those scores will stay the lowest in Harford County. I have been in other school districts and this is a disgrace. Shame on the parents of Deerfield Elementary!!!! You do your children a disservice and you should not hold the principal and teachers to a higher standard than you hold yourself, after all THEY ARE YOUR CHILDREN.
Deerfield Parent and PTA Member