02/14/11 Itâ€™s no wonder attendance is a problem in the public schools. We have a generation of parents who were, themselves, latch-key children: raised without guidance. Theyâ€™ve grown used to schools providing breakfast, lunch, after school activities, transportaion and even summer meals. What parental involvement do schools encourage or expect? Why donâ€™t we just put cots in the gym and give parents weekend visitation. Then they wonâ€™t have to be responsible at all for the care & nurturing of their off-spring.