The following link is a great post on the topic of parent engagement by Steve Anderson. While I say a resounding no to the question in the title of the blog post, I think the post itself is a very worthwhile read. I encourage you to click on the link and check it out.
Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Are Parents The Obstacle To The Future Of Education?
I posted the following comment at the end of the blog post:
"I love the post and have been struggling with the idea of getting more parent engagement ever since reading one of Larry Ferlazzo's posts on the topic. He made a great distinction between involvement and engagement.
As I thought more about this, I became more aware of the irony involved here. We are asking parents who were not engaged in meaningful conversations about education as students to wake up one day with a new perspective of our schools.
We as educators need to look in the mirror and ensure that we are doing enough to show parents that we have changed the way we do business and need their engagement to take our schools to the level we aspire to. A great start would be ensuring the engagement of our next generation of parents (our current students).
Let's not blame parents for being an obstacle when it was the schools that played the leading in role in leading them to their current point of view."