It’s an inescapable fact that extracurricular activities, which increase student investment in school, are planned by parents who have ample time and money, who sometimes lack insight into the lives of students whose parents don’t. I tried to advocate for these students.
From Debra Monroe in The New York Times with “When elite parents dominate volunteers, children lose”.
I don’t want to be too hard on any parents who volunteer at school because mostly they’re women, and let’s face it, they are all doing work we rely on.. but I have witnessed similar problems to those being described in this article in P&C meetings. I have seen meetings being called at times when working-outside-the-home parents couldn’t attend. And I have been at meetings where parents were nudging the prices up for fundraising activities (and even sometimes, community-building activities) though the impact of this on low income kids was raised.