So the Times had an editorial today asking that use of The Source be part of the contract negotiations. Yay.
The Source is a valuable tool for parents and students and we, the taxpayers, paid for it. It should be used more than twice a quarter by teachers (the current teacher contract mandate).
I've been told that some teachers just don't want to learn to use it or it's just one more thing in their busy day.
It seems if teachers use it they could (1) save themselves from multiple e-mails from parents and (2) protect themselves by being able to say you regularly posted homework and grades (and the office puts in attendance). Students, particularly in middle and high school, can't really argue much if the teacher does this in a regular fashion. But uneven usage or little usage allows a student to tell mom or dad that "Oh, she hasn't updated the scores. I turned that homework in on time." or "Oh, the overall grade is low because he hasn't put in my test score yet." or better yet, "There's no homework tonight."
I'm not trying to be a helicopter parent. But I'd rather know, sooner rather than later, how my student is doing. In high school, it is very hard to catch up once you fall behind in a class.
If you care about using the Source, ask your child's teacher (s) this year about their use of the Source and, if you can, ask it out loud at Open House night. If the teacher doesn't use it a lot, follow up and ask why not. You don't have to be hostile or confrontational; just express your concern about keeping up with your student. If they don't use it, ask if you can e-mail the teacher when you want to know how your student is doing. If a teacher gets a lot of e-mail from parents when updating the Source would take care of those, maybe more teachers would use it.
My preference is updating both homework and grades but if that's too much, I'd rather know the homework for that week.