How Involved does a Parent Need to Be in their Child’s Education
Dean Schmid for mywebtutor.com.au
Posted on 27 July 2016
There is a proven correlation between a parent’s involvement and a student’s academic achievements. If you are reading this article, I am going to guess that your kids are struggling, in school, and you are wondering what you can do to get them back on track.
Most of us send our children off to school, or drop them off at the gate, thinking we have done our job and their schooling is being taken care off. We ask them how their day was and maybe even go to parent teacher meetings. But is this enough? If you think back to your high school days, the children with the overbearing parents that came to every event and volunteered at the tuck shop were often the butt of playground jokes. That being said these children seemed to do quite well academically. But is this result driven relationship between a parent and child health? Let’s ask the experts.
66.6% of teachers surveyed (Public Agenda, 2003) were of the opinion that students would perform better academically, with greater parental involvement, while 72% of parents say children of uninvolved parents sometimes “fall through the cracks” in schools (Johnson & Duffett, 2003).
The SEDL report, A New Wave of Evidence, compiled research from 51 studies, and came to the conclusion that regardless of race, creed or colour the child of a more involved parent will:
· Earn higher grades and test scores, and enrol in higher-level programs
· Be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits
· Attend school regularly
· Have better social skills, show improved behaviour and adapt well to school
· Graduate and go on to post-secondary education
Parental involvement isn’t about standing outside the gate to make sure your son/daughter is being treated well on the playground. You don’t have to volunteer at the tuck shop. School is a sterile social environment, where children can make mistakes, which the outside world won’t as easily forgive. It Is important for their development to have some time away from you, and if they see you there, school can’t take on this needed role.
Something as simple as sitting down with your kids and asking them how their day went, is the easiest way to keep track of theirprogress in the classroom. It is important not to criticize them when they open up to you, as this is a fragile channel of communication. If you don’t respond in a supportive way your child will not feel like they can come to you, with problems. You might not realize, but school are trying very hard to engage parents. Most schools have newspaper that come home, and teachers will frequently email parents. If you contact your child’s teachers and ask for a semester plan, most will happily attach it, and they welcome the chance to communicate with you.
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a bright young mind sitting idle. We got to school and get our educations when we are least appreciative of them. You don’t need to sit your child down and tell them they will never amount to anything if they don’t ace that test, but it works a lot better than yelling at them. Explain the value of education to them and use your own experiences. I have a vague memory of my father telling me how he wished he did better in school, and he spent half of his life trying to make up for that mistake. I did better on that next test than I had all semester. Discipline is a lovely thing which is slowly slipping out of the discourse of raising children in the western world. If you need to motivate them by taking away their PlayStation and theircomputer, then by all means. First try to sit them down and talk to them like adults, but if that fails a little bit of tough love never went astray.
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