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    Default Parental Involvement Is Overrated

    Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.” But evidence from our research suggests otherwise. In fact, most forms of parental involvement, like observing a child’s class, contacting a school about a child’s behavior, helping to decide a child’s high school courses, or helping a child with homework, do not improve student achievement. In some cases, they actually hinder it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.” But evidence from our research suggests otherwise. In fact, most forms of parental involvement, like observing a child’s class, contacting a school about a child’s behavior, helping to decide a child’s high school courses, or helping a child with homework, do not improve student achievement. In some cases, they actually hinder it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.” But evidence from our research suggests otherwise. In fact, most forms of parental involvement, like observing a child’s class, contacting a school about a child’s behavior, helping to decide a child’s high school courses, or helping a child with homework, do not improve student achievement. In some cases, they actually hinder it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.” But evidence from our research suggests otherwise. In fact, most forms of parental involvement, like observing a child’s class, contacting a school about a child’s behavior, helping to decide a child’s high school courses, or helping a child with homework, do not improve student achievement. In some cases, they actually hinder it.

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    I agree to an extent. Those things alone won't help. Combined with having a healthy home environment and a positive relationship with your children also helps. I think that if you don't follow through at home than the above stated is research may be true. For me personally, I've never sat in to observe a class or had to contact the school about behavior. I do however help/check homework, periodically have contact with teachers through email if I see grades are slipping, and check their grades daily on line. All of those things combined with teaching them the importance of the education they are receiving seems to have worked as both boys have all A's in school, middle and high school.

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    Sorry - I think involvement is underrated. Love, support and interest your kids daily objectives make a huge impact on the type of student they will be - hygene, and overall participation and achievement. It makes a huge difference.

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    Parental involvement is key to a child's success. It shouldn't even be up for discussion.

    My wife is a teacher, and currently she is frustrated by a student who was incorrectly passed the previous year and has fallen behind further this year. She goes out of her way to help this student, giving free tutoring after school, sending special assignments home so his parents can work with him, etc. The problem is that his mom is messed up in the head and the parents are divorced. Neither of them take responsibility for his education, meaning he doesn't get any enforcement of his school teachings at home. He obviously has difficulty learning, but it's compounded by the fact that his parents view my wife as the person in charge of education for their child.

    Volunteering in the child's class, participating in field trips, emailing the teacher...those are all well and fine, but they don't have any effect on a student's learning. What does have an effect is the parent taking an interest in their child's school work and realizing that "learning" isn't a 8 am to 3:30 pm job, it's a full time exercise that requires the parents to participate at home. Whether it's flash cards or simply talking about what they learned that day and having them explain it to you (always a great way for them to organize their thoughts which helps them learn), there are a number of ways to effect student performance.

    The success or failure of a student does not rely solely on the teacher--it can't. Students need a support system that preaches self-discipline, the importance of learning, and is there to guide them back to the path when they get off track. How parents choose to do that is their prerogative, but as long as that is happening, their student will be set up to succeed.
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    Parental involvement certainly has helped my kids.
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