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October 19, 2012

Is it important to attend parent-teacher conferences?

NORMAN — Q: My daughter makes good grades and doesn’t get in trouble at school. She has friends and is involved in our church youth group. My husband and I are wondering about the importance of attending parent/teacher conferences, as we are very busy people.

— Kelly, Norman

Dear Kelly,

In this day and age, we all live busy lives. However, we feel there is nothing more important than your child’s education. Parent/teacher conferences are not just for the “bad” kids. It’s designed to let you get to know the teachers and their expectations. Just being able to put a face with a name and seeing where classrooms are can be great conversation-starters with your daughter.

Teachers spend a lot of hours with students and, believe it or not, sometimes our kids don’t act the same way around us as they do others. We feel a great gift to give our children is to be involved in their education until they walk across that stage.

Q: Our third-grade daughter is nothing like her older brother and sister. She doesn’t like going to school at all, only wants to read what she’s interested in reading and despises writing. She’s actually very smart but just doesn’t enjoy school. At this point, we are beginning to consider private school. Can you tell me the pros and cons of private vs. public school?

— Gina, Moore

Dear Gina,

With 49 years of public education experience between the two of us, we do not feel we are the best source of pros and cons of private education. Our feeling is this — school is school. Your daughter will be required to read and write no matter where she attends.

Perhaps there could be an underlying reason for your daughter’s dislike of school. Is this problem new this year? We suggest talking to her teacher(s) and seeing what her behavior is like in the classroom.

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