Parents feel that they are pawns in a race to outperform other countries. Parents don't care about how their kids are faring in relation to Finland or South Korea. They care about the education and well-being of their children.
The bottom line is this: buried under the depressing headlines about an educational system crumbling before our eyes, there is at least a glimmer of hope. Students want to be better and parents want to be involved. This ain't summer school, indeed.
Today's parents are stressed and scheduled to the limit. Parents who work long hours are not available during the day, and may not be inclined to leave home in the evening. So what's a concerned parent to do?
Younger families coming up through the system can't cut-and-run from our public schools in their indecision of how to educate their own children. The problems that plague some of our schools belong to us all.