family is the rock on which a solid education can be
built. I have seen examples all over this nation where
two-parent families, single parents, stepparents,
grandparents, aunts, and uncles are providing strong
family support for their children to learn. If
families teach the love of learning, it can make all
the difference in the world to their children."
Richard W. Riley, Former U.S.
Secretary of Education
To Help Children Succeed In School
All parents and family
members should try to find the time and make the
effort because research shows that when families get
involved, their children:
Family involvement is also
one of the best investments a family can make. Students
who graduate from high school earn, on average, $200,000
more in their lifetimes than students who drop out.
College graduate makes almost $1 million more!
- Get better grades and
- Graduate from high
school at higher rates.
- Are more likely to go
on to higher education.
- Are better behaved
and have more positive attitudes.
Most important of all, ALL
parents and families can enjoy these benefits. It
doesn't matter how much money you have. It doesn't
matter how much formal education you've had yourself
or how well you did in school. And family involvement
works for children at all grade levels.
involvement is a lot of different
types of activities. Some parents
and families may have the time to
get involved in many ways. Others
may only have the time for one or
two activities. But whatever your
level of involvement, remember: If
you get involved and stay involved,
you can make a world of difference.
involvement in education can
a bedtime story to your
homework every night
involved in PTA
your children's progress with
in school board elections
your school to set challenging
TV viewing to no more than two
hours on school nights
personally involved in governing
an advocate for better education
in your community
on high standards of behavior
for your children
Family involvement can
be as simple as asking your
children, "How was school
today?" But ask every day. That
will send your children the
clear message that their
schoolwork is important to you
and you expect them to learn.
children and parents are yearning
for this kind of togetherness
these days. Among student aged 10
to 13, for example, 72 percent say
they would like to talk to their
parents more about their homework.
Forty percent of parents across
the country believe that they are
not devoting enough time to their
children's education. And teachers
say that increasing parental
involvement in education should be
the number one priority for public
education in the next few years.
by teaching your child the magic of
language, words, and stories early
on. Tell stories to your children
about their families and their
culture. Point out words to children
wherever you go -- to the grocery,
to the pharmacy, to the gas station.
Laying a foundation as soon as you
can is the first step down the road
who read at home with their parents
perform better in school. Show your
children how much you value reading
by keeping good books, magazine, and
newspapers in the house.
child finishes a book, talk about
it. Ask what was the book about? Did
they like the book? Why did a
character act a certain way? What
would they change in the story if
they wrote it?
your children see you read
them on trips to the library
them a library card as young as
your children read to you
about the books they read and
parents and families get
personally involved in education,
their children do better in school
and grow up to be more successful
in life. Sounds like common sense,
parental involvement is one of the
most overlooked aspects of
American education today. The fact
is, many parents don't realize how
important it is to get involved in
their children's learning. As one
dad said when he began to read to
his daughter every day and
discovered that it improved her
learning, "I never realized how
much it would mean to her to hear
achievement drops sharply for
children who watch more than 10
hours of television a week, or an
average of more than two hours a
day. Parents can limit the amount of
viewing and help children select
educational programs. Parents can
also watch and discuss shows with
their kids. This will help children
understand how stories are
a daily family routine with
scheduled homework time. Studies
show that successful students have
parents who create and maintain
family routines. Make sure your
child goes to school every day.
Establish a regular time for
homework each afternoon or evening,
set aside a quiet, well lit place,
and encourage children to study.
Routines generally include time
performing chores, eating meals
together, and going to bed at an
your children and teenagers -- and
listen to them, too! Talk directly
to your children, especially your
teenagers, about the dangers of
drugs and alcohol and the values you
want them to have. Set a good
example. And listen to what your
children have to say. Such personal
talks, however uncomfortable they
may make you feel, can save their
high expectations for children by
enrolling them in challenging
courses. You can communicate to your
children the importance of setting
and meeting challenges in school.
Tell your children that working hard
and stretching their minds in the
only way for them to realize their
full potential. Expect and encourage
your children to take tough academic
courses like geometry, chemistry,
computer technology, a second
language, art, and advanced
occupational courses. But know your
child, and don't have unrealistic
expectations...not every child
excels in math or science, just
expect they never settle for doing
less than their best.
have expectations of your school.
Your school should have clear,
challenging standards for what
students should know. For example,
what reading, writing and math
skills is your child expected to
have by fourth grade? By eighth
and twelfth grades? What about
history, science, the arts,
geography, and other languages?
Are responsibility and hard work
recognized? If your school doesn't
have high standards, join with
teachers, principals, and other
parents to set these standards.
in touch with your child's school.
Parents cannot afford to wait for
schools to tell them how children
are doing. Families who stay
informed about their children's
progress at school have
higher-achieving children. To keep
informed, parents can visit the
school or talk with teachers on
the telephone. Get to know the
names of your children's teachers,
principals, and counselors.
can also work with schools to
develop new ways to get more
involved. Families can establish a
homework hotline, volunteer on
school planning and
decision-making committees, help
create family resource centers,
serve as mentors, and even help
patrol school grounds.
|Article Source -
U.S. Department of Education.
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