Hi Aaron,
Great post. I agree with me too, and with all you’ve written here.
One thing that it got me thinking, though, was that secondary schools in particular need to be aware and respectful of the tendency for teenagers to try to distance themselves from their families and carve out their own paths. I truly believe that in general students achieve better academically when there is parental engagement in their education. However, it’s also the case that every teenager feels (and every teenager has always felt) the need for space in which they can create their own identity without reference to their family. For those with poor family lives this is even more important. Sometimes it might be the job of schools to create that safe space for students away from their families, and therefore not provide quite the level of transparency that we might like.
It’s a tricky balance.
Just a thought.