American Families’ Role in their Education
* Parents' active involvement with their child's education at home and in school brings great rewards and can have a significant impact on their children's lives. According to research studies, the children of involved parents are absent less frequently, behave better, do better academically from pre-school through high school, go farther in school, and go to better schools. * American parents tend to be very engaged in their child’s schooling when they have access to school officials’ information about their child’s curriculum, and when they feel invited to engage in their child’s school and capable of doing so. Access, curriculum information, and comfort in school relations are the three most important dimensions involved in parent involvement. * Various demographic factors predict parental involvement. Parents are more involved if there are girls as compared to boys and fathers are generally less involved than mothers. Mothers in single parent households are slightly more involved in their children’s education than fathers.
MEXICO (The country’s family role in their education and challenges they face in bringing their children into a different culture.) * Parental involvement in the schooling activities of nonimmigrant families is also gendered, with mothers usually undertaking the bulk of tending to their children's educational needs and the day-to-day school activities and administrative requirements such as enrollment, parent-teacher conferences, afterschool activities, and homework. * Most Mexican children are major players in their households when it comes to assisting their parents in three broad areas. These three primary tasks summarize the roles that children undertake in assisting their household settlement. * The first is as tutors--children served as translators, interpreters, and teachers for their parents and younger siblings. * A second important activity that children...
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