National Catholic Register

Commentary

Parent/Teacher Fright

BY Jim Cosgrove

January 14-20, 2001 Issue | Posted 1/14/01 at 2:00 AM

 

The constant harping of many nowadays about how bad modern parents supposedly are doesn't ring true under close scrutiny.

Case in point: Dr. Ray Guarendi's “Family Matters” column in the Dec. 31 issue, in which he claims that parents rarely show up for high school parent/teacher nights.

I am the father of a college freshman and college junior. I can recall dreading parent/teacher nights when they were in high school because the waiting in line to meet with each teacher could stretch for hours. Those nights never lacked for parental interest.

By the way, both my children attended New York City public high schools. Is Dr. Guarendi by chance living in some forsaken part of the country where parental apathy reigns?

PETER FEUERHERD Queens, New York