Why Is Parental Involvement in School is Important?

I was recently listening to a radio broadcast on the local HBCU, Historically Black College\University’s radio station. They were discussing the topic of the public school system and how education is degrading. The discussion spanned from the lack of resources in schools to the lack of parental involvement in their children’s education. It was pointed out that today’s parents take a more standoffish approach to education. They don’t consider themselves to be responsible for the strengthening of learning for their children. So with a school system that is reducing it’s standards paired with the lack of parental involvement, children are being produced that aren’t being educated to their fullest potential.

This type of thinking is more disappointing in the African-American community considering we were once deprived of having the basic skillsets such as reading and counting. There was a time that if you were able to acquire these skills, it could have ended in death for you. So this is a true display of the value of education. So it should be treated as if it has an actual monetary valuable. The more you have of it, the bigger the threat you were considered.

But now that we have the ability to go further and have less hindrances, some of us are willing to limit ourselves as well as our children from acquiring as much knowledge as possible. We’ve forgotten where we’ve been and our desire for one of the most valuable things on this planet has been reduced. We’ve forgotten that a good education does not begin at school. It begins at home. Without adequate academic support at home, the best schools will produce a mediocre student. But in a home environment that places a focus on education and constantly shows support for the growth and learning will help a mediocre school create an exceptional student and scholar.

I teach Boogie to collect as much education as she possibly can. Never stop learning. Always increase your expectations of yourself. Never let anyone convince you that good enough is good enough. We’re living in a time where finances and monetary gains can be taken from you in a variety of ways, but your education is yours. So even if you lose all of your valuables, your mind and your education can help you acquire them back and more.

In study after study, researchers discover how important it is for parents to be actively involved in their child’s education. Here are some of the findings of major research into parental involvement:

  • When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school — and the schools they go to are better.
  • The family makes critical contributions to student achievement from preschool through high school. A home environment that encourages learning is more important to student achievement than income, education level or cultural background.
  • Reading achievement is more dependent on learning activities in the home than is math or science. Reading aloud to children is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success. Talking to children about books and stories read to them also supports reading achievement.
  • When children and parents talk regularly about school, children perform better academically.
  • Three kinds of parental involvement at home are consistently associated with higher student achievement: actively organizing and monitoring a child’s time, helping with homework and discussing school matters.
  • The earlier that parent involvement begins in a child’s educational process, the more powerful the effects.
  • Positive results of parental involvement include improved student achievement, reduced absenteeism, improved behavior, and restored confidence among parents in their children’s schooling.

How Can Parents Get Involved?

Involvement in your child’s education can mean:

  • Reading to your child
  • Checking homework every night
  • Discussing your children’s progress with teachers
  • Voting in school board elections
  • Helping your school to set challenging academic standards
  • Limiting TV viewing on school nights
  • Becoming an advocate for better education in your community and state.

Or, it can be as simple as asking your children, “How was school today?” But ask every day. That will send your children the clear message that their schoolwork is important to you and you expect them to learn.

Some parents and families are able to be involved in their child’s education in many ways. Others may only have time for one or two activities. Whatever your level of involvement, do it consistently and stick with it because you will make an important difference in your child’s life.

 

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