I too have experienced Summit's college type approach to educating the large student population. It would be great if every student had supportive parents who are involved but that is a fantasy. The fact is that schools jobs are to educate in spite of; not to not do so because. I do feel with the new TAKS guidelines that Summit and other Texas schools will have to educate all not just a few. The new guideline will establish ratings for schools by taking into consideration minorities that pass the test. Summit has some improvements to make and this is understandable for a new school but changes should be swift and not based upon state requirements but truly leaving no child behind.
It is unfortunate that parents want to blame others for their own shortcomings and place the responsibility they should have for their children s education on an institution or a group of individuals. Summit has over 3000 students assigned to two campuses---and I wonder how many parents came to Open House (in the fall and in the spring)? How many parents have set-up a conference via phone or in person to meet the teacher who 'interacts/raises' their child? How many parents know all of their child's teachers by name? How many parents can tell you what classes their child attends each day--And how many credits their child has towards graduation? If you are a parent reading this and cannot answer these questions---don't blame the school for not taking an interest in your child---when you haven't either.
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