Student´s Truancy Rate and Academic Performance

2127 WordsJan 26, 20189 Pages
Did you know that, according to the United States Department of Education, on any given school day over 2 million students won’t show up for school in the United States? (Bullock) Truancy can lead to a multitude of undesirable attributes, such as delinquency, poor school performance, and an increased risk of dropping out of school. Truancy is defined differently from state to state, which makes it difficult to research and come up with the reasons students do not attend school. Generally, truancy can be defined as the state of being truant, or a student who misses school without permission from his parents or from the school. From this definition, you can assume that one of the three subjects is to blame, the student, the parent, or the school. Many states focus on blaming and penalizing the student, which usually leads to more truancy and an increased chance of delinquent behavior. In order to decrease truancy, schools must begin placing responsibility on the parents as well as increasing the amount of communication with the parents or guardians. Placing responsibility on the parents increases their incentive to make sure their children attend school because they can be fined, ordered to do community service, or even be sent to jail for contempt of court. Increased communication between the school and the parents or guardians will reduce truancy by letting the parent know exactly what is going on in their children’s lives. Increasing parental involvement in student’s lives
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