I've been a school board member for a couple of years now. Our district has a few issues, but is generally a good one. We have mostly engaged, educated parents who go out of their way to raise decent kids, and an administration that goes out of its way to comply with the letter and spirit of state laws relating to things like bullying and appropriate school behavior. But a school district can only do so much. As far as I can tell, a lot of of the problems we do have occur because of parents who don't actually parent.
Thing One asked me once if it was hard to be a mother. I told him that it's really easy to be a bad mother: you just let your kids do whatever they want. It's being a good mother that's hard. Being willing to have your child disappointed or angry with you, because saying no (or yes) to something was in their best interest in your best and loving judgment. Bette Davis once said that if you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.
Thinking about this because of an article I read on CNN tonight. Food for thought.