Outcome of Parent's Involvement in Children's Education

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PARENT’S INVOLVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S EDUCATION

Outcome of Parent’s Involvement in Children’s Education

Devry University, Los Angeles, CA

Abstract

Living in the twenty first century it is our social responsibility to enhance academic achievement and increase enrollment into postsecondary education of our students. In order to achieve that, we should reduce absenteeism and the rate of dropout. Many studies have been done to determine the impact of parents’ involvement as the factors that would influence these aspects of education.

Outcome of Parent’s Involvement in Children’s Education

For years and years we have been putting a stress on our educational professionals to develop more effective ways to educate and nurture our children who represent our future. For the past two centuries researchers in America have been working on examining the multi-dimensional impact of parents’ involvement on the educational process. Our youngsters still experience many disadvantages of the educational system. According to U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, only fifty percent of all public school students in the US fifty largest cities had graduated in 2007 (Grey, 2008). Living in the twenty first century, it is our social responsibility to enhance academic achievement and increase enrollment into postsecondary education of our students. In order to achieve this, we should reduce absenteeism and the dropout rate. Most of these pessimistic statistics are due to lack of interest, a negative attitude towards school, and other social-behavioral problems, which pose a big challenge for our schools. Many studies have been done to determine the role and extent of parents’ involvement as the factors that would influence these aspects of education. In our busy time, many full-time working parents have little time to help their children with homework. Another factor contributing to the negative attitude and low self-esteem of children is the fact that many of the families are immigrants and don’t understand enough English to help their children, or they feel weak and unqualified at curtain subjects like math or biology. Many of the parents are simply not involved and not aware about the school curriculum. Participating in school governance, or guiding and helping kids with their homework, would make them feel important and empower them. That same action would also help to improve motivation and attitude towards school as well as improve children’s self-esteem. Quite often we hear from our media about threatening statistic on crime, alcohol problems, early sex and other behavior problems among teenagers. The main factor contributing to the subsequent rise of these statistics is the lack of necessary parental care. “The absence of parental instructions causes children to develop irreversible behavioral and emotional problems” (Martin, 2007, p.2). Trying to fulfill their inner need for self-recognition, they resort to crime and uncontrolled violence. Nothing like parental involvement in children’s education and influence on children’s upbringing can make a difference. To explain why the parental factor is the most crucial in solving behavior problems we would probably need to examine genetic and behaviors factors, which operate together to produce that positive effect that we are looking for. Many of the researchers are working on finding ways for parents to be effectively involved in the educational process and the outcomes it will have on the behavior of the children. Educational professionals are also trying to uncover the solution for this aspect of education drawback by trying to create a bridge between cultural and socioeconomic status of children’s parents. The research done in this field indicates that ”parents’ involvement in children’s education appears to be associated with a range of positive outcomes for elementary school children, including fewer behavior problems, lower...
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