Monday, January 7, 2013

Why Parenting Is More Important Than Schools

There is so much going on the world today and it has parents worried.  What can we do to ensure that our children are getting the proper education?  How can we know that they are being taught correct values?  There are so many other outside influences that can have a major effect on our children.  Especially, when it comes to school.  School is a huge part of a child's life everyday.  And there is continuous disagreements between school boards, parents, and the government on what should be taught.
However, as much as school is an essential part of a child's life, there is one factor that makes a bigger difference when it comes to education.  Parents.  According to recent studies, in an article posted by Time Magazine, they are finding that "parental involvement--checking homework, attending school meetings and events, discussing school activities at home--has a more powerful influence on students' academic performance than anything about the school the students attend."  Studies have also found that "the effort put forth by parents (reading stories aloud, meeting with teachers) has a bigger impact on their children's educational achievement than the effort expended by either teachers or the students themselves."
So we can't leave it all up to our child's teacher.  A parents efforts make a huge difference on how their child will do in school.  Parents need to be continuously looking for the leaning opportunities in everything they do with their child.  Find ways to incorporate learning and then show support and excitement for what they are accomplishing at school.  What we do in our own homes is more important to education than what is actually going on in the schools.  It can be difficult in our crazy, busy lives to do these things but as we do it will have a long lasting effect on the future generation.  Parents matter.


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