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EDU6600 Reaching out to Parents

October 18, 2009

Reading over the various conversations this week, it was hard not to notice that many of them focused on parent involvement in schools. Further, many of my peers commented that parent involvement above the middle school level usually stopped at quibbling over grades. While I have also seen a similar lack of interest in community involvement at the secondary level, I have to wonder what really changes between elementary school and high school.

I’m sure that factors like motivation, maturity, responsibility and expectations play a huge role. That being said, why do parents think that their input in education is less important as their child get’s older?

My first thought is that they just don’t know. They may think that (educationally) their child is maturing to the point that their help is not required simply because they’ve never been told otherwise. Granted, the parent-child relationship changes with age, a process that may impede the levels of assistance that may be required, but the true need is still there.

My solution – which of course is not a quick fix – is to in grain the belief throughout the community that family involvement is absolutely integral to education from kindergarten to graduation (and beyond). While this is no small task, it’s important to the overall value of education. If communities across the country, or around the world, place true value on education it will not only serve the students but increase the importance of education overall.

Schools need to start with the basic communication strategies that many lack, like mass emails, phone calls home, flyers and advertising for school events. This needs to occur at the class, school and district levels. From there, schools need to build a base of support in the community of parents, increase (or initiate) workshops for family members and provide equal support. At the same time, parents need to realize that they should be taking a vested interest in the education of their children, not just in the early year, but all the way through graduation.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. alumpe permalink
    October 19, 2009 5:36 pm

    I hope you and your school can implement these strategies.

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