Parents, not teachers, are failing children

The headline on Rod Watson’s Nov. 1 column is “Parents need trigger law to help kids win.” That may be true, but the trigger is being pulled in the wrong direction. Instead of parents having the power to close a “failing” Buffalo school and open a charter school, the parents should be held accountable for being failing parents.

Only a failing parent would send a child to school without manners, without breakfast, without having been exposed to books and without supporting teacher discipline. Only a failing parent would allow a child to be truant without consequences. You can’t close down a failing parent and bring in a charter parent.

The Buffalo Teachers Federation, teachers who live in the suburbs and teachers who may not be part of a minority group cannot provide the upbringing that failing parents do not provide, to make it easier for their children to succeed.

Larry Finkelstein

East Amherst