The Swissinfo.ch article entitled “Parental fines considered for poor show pupils” revealed the drastic measures that some countries have implemented in order to require parental involvement and to try to ensure that students are prepared for class. The article discusses that like neighboring Germany and Austria, parents in some regions in Switzerland face quite heavy fines if their children do not attend school. In some areas of Switzerland, if newer legislation passes, parents will be fined if their children come to school hungry or tired and if the parents do not attend parent-teacher meetings.
Is this sort of financial punishment for parents warranted? Could it really change behavior? Who is likely to still fall between the cracks? What sort of laws are set up in your corner of the world to try to ensure that students are being properly educated?