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Teacher shows proof parents are less involved in children's lives today

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KHQ.COM - A Facebook post from a teacher in Georgia has gone viral with more than 174,000 shares and she highlights one of the biggest changes she's noticed in her 15 years of teaching that could also be a contributing factor to gun violence in our schools.

Amie Diprima Brown believes more and more parents are checking out from their child's academic process and she has a stack of letters to prove it. Brown suggests it's perhaps one of the many reasons we're seeing so much more violence in our schools today, because if parents are absent in the academic life of their kids, maybe they're absent in other areas of their child's life too.

In the post, she shared a photo comparing two stacks of letters. The stack on the right was from the year she started teaching back in 2003. The stack on the left, a much smaller stack, was from 2017. She goes on to explain how every year she asks parents to send in a letter telling her about their child in a million words or less (basically, parents can write as much or as little as they want). She tells the parents she wants to learn their child's hopes, dreams, fears, challenges, etc.

Brown states that over the years, the letters have been so beneficial to her as a teacher in getting to know students on a personal level. She's "learned about eating disorders, seizures, jealousy issues between twins, depression, adoption, abuse...just to name a few things" and she says she "often pulls out the letter when she notices a sudden behavioral change" or knows a student is going through something difficult... like the loss of a parent.

As anyone can see from the two stacks, participation in the exercise has plummeted over the last 15 years.  In 2003, Brown says 98% of partents responded, where as in 2017, only 22% responded.

She ends by highlighting how important she believes parents are in their child's success.

"Be a parent. Be involved in your child’s life so that you can help them through the issues with friends, the possible suicidal thoughts, and problems academically. I promise you, if parents spent more time with their children and got involved in their lives, we would see drastic improvements in our schools and our society.

As parents, our job is to grow the most amazing humans possible. Its the most important job in the world. The education and emotional stability a parent provides is priceless."

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