So last night I went to our local ‘PTA’ meeting with my wife. I was a little surprised at two things. The first being that there were only about 25 people in attendance…the number is misleading though since most of them were on one sub-committee or another. The number of actual parents was probably about four. The other is that I was one of only two Dads there.
That’s just sad, really sad. One of the things discussed was potential budget cuts which is always a touchy subject. Parents will come out of the woodwork to complain about any cuts that effect their kids, but why get involved so late in the process? It was made clear by the Principal that our school board DOES listen to the concerns of the parents, teachers and all residents in the school district. So where was everybody? This is just like voting…if you don’t vote then you have very little right to complain after the fact. When they cut the football team don’t be surprised, no one was at the meeting to object.
And Dads, what gives? How can we expect to have our voices heard if we’re not involved? The meeting was at 7:30 on a Tuesday night and I’m sure some were still working or more likely commuting, but that only excuses a few. What’s that…you had to stay home with kids while your wife went to the meeting? There’s free childcare provided, which shouldn’t be a surprise since it’s mentioned in every notice for these meetings. Our three kids ran around like maniacs in the gym for an hour and a half…good exercise for them is just a bonus.
No one is going to pressure you to run the car wash next year or to give up all your weekends for some sub-committee. In fact if you take a look at the agenda you can choose which monthly meeting you want to attend. Last night included a guest speaker who was a child psychologist essentially giving free advice. It was informal and I think everyone there walked away having learned something. Did I mention cookies, they had cookies…and not to be stereotypical here but I didn’t see one Mom eating a cookie so that just leaves more for us guys.