When I encountered this push back, I was amused by the fact that during my years at the school site, I have seen parent volunteers performing many activities to help the school and classroom work more efficiently. Ranging from grading homework to helping clean up the school yard. I decided to stop banging my head against the bureaucratic wall and move on.
Fast forward to this week where there is a proposal at the Alum Rock School District making parents sign up for 30 hours of mandatory volunteerism (is this an oxymoron or what?). This proposal "seems" to fly in the face of what I was so ardently told at the BAC. It will be interesting to see if this proposal survives and what broader implications it may have. At the end of the day all parents want to provide the best possible education and environment for their children. Hopefully this remains the objective of all school boards, school administrators and educators.