Hi everyone, I am not a teacher, I am a parent with a comment/concern. I have three children 9th grade, 6th grade, and 2nd grade. Both of my younger children are sent home with multiple notes I must sign every single day...Homework folders, speech folders, reading folders, tests, science folders, vocab and spelling, and behaviour charts and then all the additional permission slips ect. I help with homework when asked, and I make sure my youngsters read (the older two are more often in trouble at school for reading too much, like when they should be listening) but with the older two and increasingly with the younger one, I feel schoolwork is THEIR responsibility. A girlfriend and I were out to lunch today and she got a call from her 1st grader's teacher wanting to know why his reading folder had not been signed in three days (they are in the middle of moving), the tone was accusational and it prompted us to discuss how we feel about all these things we are supposed to sign every day, when we were children getting a parent's signature was one of two things; either a permission slip OR you were in trouble. Now I definately want to know if my child isn't turning in work, or is falling behind, or is misbehaving (if that behaviour is serious enough that you feel the child should be punished at home.) But otherwise I feel that all of these notes home are actually counter-productive, my friend and I both admitted that we dont even read what we are signing at this point, which is sad, when the teachers are going to such extremes to get us involved, and we both feel more and more annoyed and driven away. I don't know that I have a real question here, but any comments would be welcomed. TIA.