College parents need to trust but verify!
Parent Myth #2
"My child will tell me if he misses class."
This response is one of the most humorous responses from college parents.
It is good when parents have trust in their students. Ronald Reagan wisely said "Trust but verify." While trust is good, it is also naive to believe students are going to confess to something that their parents have no other way of knowing. Relying on them to rat themselves out is not a reliable way to know what they are doing. One mother was quite confident that her son would let her know if he went to class. Her son was overheard laughing with a friend at her mistaken belief that he would tell her the truth! With so much at stake (college cost) why risk it?
Most students even after getting poor grades as a result of their poor effort are not going to admit that the real culprit was poor class attendance. They will blame the professor, the workload, their roommate or anyone else they think they can pin it on. It is just human nature.
KnowYouGo is a way to combat that problem. If you have the monitoring mobile app system in place, you will not have to rely on them telling you they missed class. You will also have the best motivator that minimizes the probability of that happening to begin with. They can explain why they were absent the first few times, and you can choose whether or not to believe them. When they explain their absence, you will also have a report of where they were at that time to verify their story. The system even allows you to excuse an absence if you believe there was a good reason for it. KnowYouGo does not rely on students telling the truth. KnowYouGo reports the truth, and you decide what to do with it. KnowYouGo reports college class attendance - NOT helicopter - NOT 24/7 monitoring. What harm is there in knowing?