My kids’ schools use Power School, an online student information portal where parents and students can log in and check grades. I can also see every assignment, when and whether it was turned in, and all of my children’s scores. When we first started using Power School I thought, helicopter parents could have a field day with this!
Many of us parents are already micro-managing and over-scheduling our children to the minute, surveilling them online and through phone-tracing apps, and now we can get real-time reports on every single assignment.
Sometimes it feels like too much.
But Power School has been great for our family. My husband and I both get an e-mail every week about our kids’ progress. I don’t obsessively check over it. It gives me too much to nag about which, I’ve found, doesn’t help. Sometimes teachers haven’t updated the scores the grades look lower than they actually are. But it’s mostly accurate.
My husband and my older son have a bent for technology, so the novelty of this tool has been fun for them. They check stats and figure out his GPA and it really is easier to catch things before the end of the semester. All in all, it’s a parenting tool that I appreciate. I’m really trying to shift the responsibility onto my older kids so they will check their grades and get everything turned in. It’s a fine line between over-parenting and just leaving them to sink or swim.
But the fact of the matter is, I’m their mom and I’m not going to let them sink, at this point. They need to learn about consequences and I’m not writing any last-minute research papers for them, that’s why this online system is so great—I can check up on them before they need a major bail out.
A little more about real-time grades, here.