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I came across this topic in my Edubloggers LinkedIn group, added a comment, and then decided to look it up to gain full insight into what was being asked of Chicago’s teachers. You know, and I know, if it happens to teachers in one state, it can happen in ours!
When I taught Headstart in the 80’s, we used to make home visits. A child’s living conditions provide great insight into a child’s life. I am sure it also makes the parent more comfortable because you are on their “turf.” However, in this day and age, I feel home visits, no matter the socioeconomic status of the students, could turn into a dangerous situation for teachers. People tend to react violently to the smallest grievance, who will protect the teachers in these homes?
At the time Jean-Claude Brizard and Rahm Emanuel came up with this idea, they had not spoken to any educators. I’m not surprised.
How do you feel about home visits?
Are home visits required where you work?
How does that work, is it a benefit?
Are home visits practiced in other countries?