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October 02, 2006

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ester mengistu

Parent education is important because the more informed parents are, the more services they are able to get for their child's education. The biggest difference between urban and suburban schools, in my opinion, is parent involvement. In suburban schools, along with economic factors, parents' knowledge on the school system and policies enables them to enjoy the optimum level of services for their child. Also, parent education allows parents to gain tools, which they may not have from their own lack of education, to help assist their children with school work.

Brad Hoge

I've been on both sides. I currently go into my kid's classrooms to do special projects from time to time, and most of their teachers are eager to work with me. A few don't really want to be bothered. When I was a classroom teacher, I remember it being very difficult to communicate with parents, both because of time constraints in my day, and because most of the parents were unavailable during school hours. I think both sides become jaded to the prospect of cooperation from the other side leading to even worse commication and resistance to establishing any meaningful communication. It can happen, but it takes hard work from both sides.

rory

Parental Involvement: As a very active parent in my six kids education I have to come to realize that what teachers really want is parents who supplement (re-teach) at home. Parental involvement is reduced to becoming the homework police. I have a very few teachers who have actively encouraged me to become involved. For these teachers, I have read to classes, given presentations on my career (military) and donated supplies. I don't mind doing all I can to help my kids and their classmates, but I am conscientious that the vast majority of teachers have inadequate training in proper teaching techniques, lack basic skills, were only mediocre students themselves, and unorganized. Every school year I question my kids teachers about their philosophies on teaching and ask them what method of instruction they use predominantly. Even if I drop a few buzz words such as direct instruction or constructivism, most of them look at me with a blank look and attempt to give me some BS answer. I have yet to have a teacher call me at home after school hours. I have never received a teacher’s email address, or received an email from a teacher. I suspect that at least 50% of the problem with parental involvement is teaches lack of effort to communicate with parents in a way and time that is conducive to them. Notes in folders are not communication, they are one-way messages.
10/12/06 @ 14:27

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