Parent involvement in edu

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Parent involvement in edu

  1. 1. Skender 1Jessica SkenderMs. BennettBritish Lit5th Parent Involvement in Education Parents play a very important role in the child’s life, but have you ever stopped to seewhat influence they have in their child’s education. Parents are always encourages children to dotheir best in school so that they will achieve the highest expectations possible for both the parentsand child, but how much of an impact does that really make. Parents can get in involved in otherway with their child’s education, than just simply telling them to do better in school or tellingthem to do their homework. When parents are involved in their student’s education studies showthat it leads to higher test scores and higher academic grades. Parent Involvement has greatly increased in the last couple years. Studies shows thatparent of all students in all grades are attending more meetings than before. A study showed thatall aspects of parent involvement had increased from 1999 to 2003. In the year 2003 77% ofparents attended meetings with teachers in contrast to 73% in 1999. It was also proven that in2003 there was a higher percent of parent who did volunteer work at the school, and a higher
  2. 2. Skender 2percent of parents who attended school functions (childtrendsdatabank.org). More parents arestarting to realize the impact that getting involved can have on their child’s education. Is it possible for home life to affect a child’s education? Yes, in fact a student’s home lifeplays a big role in both the child’s schooling and a parent’s involvement in a child’s education.Higher income families are more likely to be involved in their children’s education. Studentswho have parents of higher education are more likely to be involved. If a parent has a goodeducation than they will want the same for their child, this means that a parent will help the childto succeed and go the extra mile to ensure that their child is getting the most out of theireducation. There are many other factors besides income level can contribute to parentinvolvement. For instance, parent who do not speak English or are not fluent in English are lesslikely to be involved in their child’s education than the parent who have English as a firstlanguage. A student’s home life plays a big part in their parent’s involvement(childtrendsdatabank.org). If a student has a parent who cares about the education and wants to get involved in theirstudent’s work than the student will be more likely to achieve a higher test average and havehigher over all grades than a student who has parents who are not involved in their education.Research shows that students that have parents who do care about their education and getinvolved are more likely to succeed in school than students of parents who are not involved.Research also says that when parents are involved in their child’s education they will have ahigher grade average and score better on tests. This proves that parent involvement definitely hasa positive effect on a student’s education.
  3. 3. Skender 3 There are many ways that parents can get involved in education. Many times the schoolhas organizations that help keep parents involved. The best know organization is PTA. Thatstands for Parent Teacher Association. PTA is an organization specializing in helping parents tostay involved in their child’s education. The PTA believes, “Parent involvement is crucial to thehealth and well-being of a child. As a parent, you are the most important influence in your childssuccess in school and in life “(National PTA). PTA is not the only organization out there. Manyschools have their own forms of PTA. Schools realizes that having parents that are involved inchild’s education is good for the students. Education Week says, “When schools, families, and community groups work together tosupport learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like schoolmore” (Parent Involvement). When people work together to ensure that children get the besteducation possible the outcome can be amazing and can have a big impact on the future. Parentinvolvement does not just help a child in the short run. Students who have parents who areinvolved in their education are more likely to have a successful life. This may sound farfetched,but if students learn from their parents, at a young age, the keys to be successful, and those skillswill follow them for the rest of their life. Research show that students who have parent who areinvolved are more likely to attend school regularly, and are more likely to continue their studiesat college than other students. Parent involvement can also help a student’s social skills. Thismeans that those students are able to adapt well in school. This includes making friends andbeing social at school and attending school functions. Parent Involvement also helps a student’smanners. Students behave better and are more respectful to teachers and other adults. Thethought that parent’s help shape the life of their children is very important, that is why it is veryimportant for parents to stay involved.
  4. 4. Skender 4 Another way that parents can get involved in their child’s education is through theparents’ relationship with the teacher. Teachers often set up conferences with parents to get toknow them because teachers realize parents are very important in their student’s life. When theparents make an effort to get to know the teacher better there is more opportunity for them to beinvolved. If the teacher trusts the parents and knows that they are good people she will trust themmore around the students. The teacher may ask the parent to do volunteer work around theschool. This is also helpful because the parents and teacher can work together to ensure that thechild is doing the best work possible. When the parents are comfortable with the teacher it makesit easier for the parents and the teacher to communicate. Parent to teacher communication can bevery positive for students because when the parents and teacher communicate it is easy to what astudent can do to improve their work. Parents may have ideas for the teacher about what wouldhelp their child and the other students to understand the material better. When teachers andparent work together it is very helpful all people involved (naeyc). What happens to a student if their parents are not involved in their education? Not allparents are going to be as able to be involved in their child’s education then they would like tobe. Parents who work a lot of hours are not going to have as much time for children. How willthis affect the child? Students who do not have parents who are involved generally do not excelas much in school as the students who have parents who are involved. Parents who are notinvolved is generally not because they do not want to be involved, rather they do not have thetime. It is also hard for parent to stay involved if the family is not what people look at as atraditional family. When you have a single parent or parents that are in the process of getting adivorce sometimes their child’s education will be tossed to the side. This is not because theparents do not care it is more because the family is having issues right now (LaBahn, Jeri). This
  5. 5. Skender 5relates greatly to what I stated earlier about how home life has a major affect on a child’seducation. When parents stay involved in their child’s education the outcome is very beneficialto the child and the child’s academic performance. When the thought of parents being involved in education is first brought up it may notseem like that big of deal. Parents are with their children for a very large amount of time. Theyare the people that teach their children how to do everything. So it only makes sense that theyshould be involved in the education part of their lives. Children look up to their parent; they aretheir role models. When someone that a person looks up to tells you them to do something thatperson will usually do it; when parents tells their children to focus on their education the childrenwill more likely than not listen. Parent involvement is very important in a child’s education; itleads to higher test grades and higher over all grades.

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