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Teachers Increasingly Use Home Visits To Connect With Studentsí Families [Slam The Door!]
Washington Post ^ | October 09, 2011 | Kevin Sieff

Posted on 10/09/2011 3:16:55 PM PDT by Steelfish

Teachers Increasingly Use Home Visits To Connect With Students’ Families

By Kevin Sieff, October 9

The two high school teachers knocked at apartment 512 of a Crystal City high-rise and waited to see the inside of Alvaro Nunez Alvarez’s life.

Up to this point, the teachers knew this about 14-year-old Alvaro: He was quiet. He had recently arrived from somewhere in Latin America. He was smart and ambitious.

They were here to fill in the blanks — to conduct a kind of parent-teacher conference on the family’s turf. There’s no better way, many educators say, to turn distant or unresponsive parents into allies and communicators, actively involved in the education of their children.

But that means venturing far beyond the classroom, penetrating the private spaces that students disappear to when the afternoon school bell rings.

When the door to unit 512 opened, there were Alvaro and his sister, standing in their matching Wakefield High School T-shirts, blushing. There were his parents, well-dressed, deferential, letting out a stream of “thank you so much” and “it’s our pleasure to host you” in Spanish.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dept; education; teachers; yourmasters

1 posted on 10/09/2011 3:16:58 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Don’t let ‘em in!


2 posted on 10/09/2011 3:19:27 PM PDT by Paperdoll (I like Herman Cain)
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To: Steelfish

My kids school does this (a small private Christian school).

We refuse to participate. Our home decor and lifestyle is none of their business.


3 posted on 10/09/2011 3:20:56 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Steelfish

It’s a puff piece extolling the virtues of liberal teachers riding to the rescue of the poor, downtrodden, illegal aliens.


4 posted on 10/09/2011 3:21:32 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Steelfish

Barf alert missing.


5 posted on 10/09/2011 3:22:17 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: Steelfish

There is no way I’d make home visits.


6 posted on 10/09/2011 3:23:32 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Paperdoll

All I can say is that they better have a Sheriff with them if they try that stunt at my house.


7 posted on 10/09/2011 3:23:39 PM PDT by BobL (I want a Conservative for 2012, not Perry)
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To: Steelfish

There is a similar teacher home visitation program at the school district just north of me here in central Texas. It’s part of the NCLB act pushed down our throats by nanny staters Bush and Perry. Perry probably would have added mandatory at home Gardasil injections had he gotten his way.


8 posted on 10/09/2011 3:27:40 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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To: Steelfish

“...He had recently arrived from somewhere in Latin America....”

Somehow I’d not be surprise if the word “illegal” was not omitted from between “recently” and “arrived”.

So naturally, our school officials were just there to make sure that the parents got 1) the requisite free medical care, 2) information on how to file for benefits, 3) advice on how to ignore summons, insurance, and all else that the rest of us have to put of with, and 4) registration for the dim-bulb-crat party.

Wanna bet?


9 posted on 10/09/2011 3:28:33 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Steelfish

Back when I started homeschooling, the other kids in my daughters dance class public school teachers were doing this, and the parents loved it. This was for first grade, and no illegals in sight in the schools closest to us. That was around 1998, more than ten years ago.

Training for the coming marxist tyranny has been in place for a long time.


10 posted on 10/09/2011 3:29:33 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

>But that means venturing far beyond the classroom, penetrating the private spaces that students disappear to when the afternoon school bell rings. <

Umm..F NO! That “private space” is reserved for families and learning time for the student. Just like employees who don’t want to see their bosses faces after work, the same can be applied here.


11 posted on 10/09/2011 3:29:51 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Da Coyote

Oops, that’s “illegally”...not “illegal”.


12 posted on 10/09/2011 3:30:31 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Steelfish

The only teacher who ever visited us was married to our next-door neighbor’s brother.


13 posted on 10/09/2011 3:33:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A poor excuse for a pirate. Arrrr, you get what you pay for!)
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To: Steelfish

The teachers at the 140 or so Turkish Fetullah Gulen public charter schools do this too, and the number of sheeple parents welcoming them in is surprising.


14 posted on 10/09/2011 3:34:00 PM PDT by tunedin
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To: Paperdoll

I don’t think you have to let the teachers in. If they call, tell them you will meet them at some neutral site if you don’t want them at your home. Personally I’d have no problem with them coming to my home, if arranged in advance. If the teachers are liberal types it might provide a little opportunity for THEM to learn something!


15 posted on 10/09/2011 3:47:16 PM PDT by NCLaw441 (I before E except after C, or when sounded as A in neighbor and weigh. Isn't that WEIRD?)
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To: TruthConquers

The Establishment is making giant strides to usurp parental rights. It wants no family ties. No sanctity of marriage. And a long list of other freedoms they intend to terminate. But they are happy to supply smut TV with no moral lessons and anything else that lowers the moral code of the people. Wake up America!


16 posted on 10/09/2011 3:48:35 PM PDT by Paperdoll (I like Herman Cain)
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To: NCLaw441

“... it might provide a little opportunity for them to learn something”

I don’t think liberal types ever really LEARN something; however, my concern would be “what do they learn about YOU”. For example, if you open your fridge and they see a beer... possible alcoholic? If they ask to use the restroom and somehow the medicine cabinet door open revealing a prescription... drug user? Is there a hunting/outdoorsy type magazine in plain view... gun owner. A few dust bunnies in the corner... filthy house? A person’s home is their HAVEN. It is theirs and theirs alone and it usually reveals more about the individual than you would expect. No way, no how, not in a million years would I allow entry. IMHO.


17 posted on 10/09/2011 3:55:05 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Steelfish

Volunteers doing on-site background research for the government.

Looking for indications of guns in the house, tobacco residue, suspicious books and literature like the bible or copies of the US Constitution, right wing artwork like pictures of the founders or the Crucifixion, bitter clinger publications like Shotgun News and Leatherneck magazine.


18 posted on 10/09/2011 4:03:52 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: Steelfish

Another reason, added to the endless list of reasons, to Home School.


19 posted on 10/09/2011 4:10:01 PM PDT by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: momtothree

I have no problem with your point of view. I just don’t care WHAT anyone sees of my house (not that we have people over all that much). They WILL see a few dust bunnies, my wine rack and our reading materials, lot of conservative stuff and Bibles and commentaries, Sunday School materials.

However, I agree that should be the parents’ call, not the teacher’s.


20 posted on 10/09/2011 4:10:53 PM PDT by NCLaw441 (I before E except after C, or when sounded as A in neighbor and weigh. Isn't that WEIRD?)
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To: Iron Munro
right wing artwork like pictures of the founders or the Crucifixion

I have a large portrait of Bedford Forrest in the schoolroom.

21 posted on 10/09/2011 4:50:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A poor excuse for a pirate. Arrrr, you get what you pay for!)
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To: Tax-chick
I have a large portrait of Bedford Forrest in the schoolroom.

WOW!

How do you get by with that?

Do the Culture Cleaners know about it?

Do they know who he is?


22 posted on 10/09/2011 4:58:01 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: Iron Munro

I got it from the “Southern Partisan,” back when there was one. I don’t think most people would recognize him, and these days, probably wouldn’t even recognize a Confederate uniform. Given the general academic level of educationalists, if one came in here, she’d probably ask, “Is that your grandfather?”


23 posted on 10/09/2011 5:03:52 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A poor excuse for a pirate. Arrrr, you get what you pay for!)
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To: Steelfish; Chode

As someone who almost became a teacher I can tell you that in the old days this was done. It was a good thing too. It helped the teacher teach better. Of course I am referring to schoolmarm Miss Crum who taught Opie. Back then we had prayer, the Bible and the “board of education” in the classroom as well. Yes Miss Crum actually used her ruler once! On Earnest T. Bass of all people. Getting back to the subject at hand, yea back then it was to help students, now I think they are snooping and would not trust them.


24 posted on 10/09/2011 5:04:51 PM PDT by Morgana ("Since using your shampoo my hair has come alive!" ----Medusa)
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To: Tax-chick
Given the general academic level of educationalists, if one came in here, she’d probably ask, “Is that your grandfather?”

I wouldn't be surprised.

It is good to keep in mind what Santayana said about those who cannot remember the past.

Keep up the good work!


25 posted on 10/09/2011 5:12:03 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: Iron Munro

I have another print of a cavalry charge upstairs, and the baby likes to say good night to General Forrest, his horse, and his flag.


26 posted on 10/09/2011 5:18:21 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A poor excuse for a pirate. Arrrr, you get what you pay for!)
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To: Steelfish
I will draw the line when my dental hygeinist and its partner knock on my door to pick at my teeth.

This is ridiculous in the extreme, but I am not surprised.

27 posted on 10/09/2011 5:19:05 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: max americana

That’s the part that jumped out at me too, it says everything you need to know about statists. The “private space” the kids are “disappearing” to used to be called their “home”, the most important place in a child’s life.

Now government workers look at homes as dangerous hideaways where people escape from government supervision and which must be subject to spot checks by the agents of the state to make sure there’s nothing subversive going on.

Fascists the whole damn lot of ‘em.


28 posted on 10/09/2011 6:09:35 PM PDT by PotatoHeadMick
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To: TADSLOS

Parents do not have to participate. Gardasil also had an opt out. In fact the Legislature did not pass the vaccine law, so not one dose was ever given. You are just taking a slap at Perry. Uh, I live in TX, so I am up on the laws there.


29 posted on 10/09/2011 6:39:04 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: Iron Munro

Actually, there is a provision in Obamacare Law that states that qualified government agents will come to your house to teach parenting.


30 posted on 10/09/2011 6:41:12 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: Morgana
nope...
31 posted on 10/09/2011 6:57:14 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Grey Eagle

Perry deserves to be bitch slapped for even considering his Gardasil edict. Frikkin’ nanny stater.


32 posted on 10/09/2011 7:01:23 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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To: Steelfish
If it were me, I'd say "get a warrant," but that would probably put me on some (another) list.

Anyone who'd willingly let an agent of the state into their home is a moron, and is complicit in the erosion of our freedoms.

Teachers in most states are bound by law to report any "evidence" of child abuse, and I really don't think I'm paranoid to believe that their idea of what constitutes "evidence" and "child abuse" is not at all like mine.

33 posted on 10/09/2011 7:05:45 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: PotatoHeadMick
You put it perfectly.

Can I swing by my kid's teacher's house, to see if their private space reflects the kind of person I want influencing my children?

(of course this is a moot point because my children don't go to govt schools)

34 posted on 10/09/2011 7:11:07 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Steelfish

Immigration was not called to the address????


35 posted on 10/09/2011 7:56:09 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Steelfish

Might be a good idea after the parents missed about two parent-teacher-conferences.

But only if set up beforehand!


36 posted on 10/09/2011 7:58:52 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: TADSLOS

That NCLB crap was one of the reasons my wife gave up her teaching credentials.


37 posted on 10/10/2011 5:08:38 AM PDT by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: TADSLOS

That NCLB crap was one of the reasons my wife gave up her teaching credentials.


38 posted on 10/10/2011 5:08:38 AM PDT by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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