Promoting Parental Involvement Into Schooling

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Promoting Parental Involvement into Schooling Introduction “When parents become involved, children do better in school, and they go to better schools.” said by Anne T. Henderson, author of The Evidence Continues to Grow. There is an old saying: parents are the best teachers for students which means that if parents could work better with schools to support their children’s education, children may possibly achieve not just academic success, but their whole life success. Moreover, as far as Gianzero’s concern (1999), the promotion of tight family-school interrelationship is increasingly viewed and highlighted as an essential component of strategies to improve students’ academic outcomes. Nevertheless, when schools try to bind parents…show more content…
As a matter of fact, there are some barriers that prevent parents from involving school activities, and as mentioned by Arias and Campbell (2008), those barriers are “(1) school-based barriers; (2) lack of English language proficiency; (3) parental educational level; (4) disjunctures between school culture and home culture; and (5) logistical issues.” School-based Barriers School-based barriers have been acknowledged and even criticized for years for their deficit perspectives, unidirectional approaches to parental involvement and negative school climate (Arias and Campbell, 2008). That is to say, the long-being perspectives for parents from minority groups are lack of formal education, lack of interest in children education, low expectation and lack of resources for home support which result in the negative cooperation between schools and parents. Moreover, the researcher states that unidirectional approach dominates the school practice: “focusing only on what parents can do to support the school or support academic achievement rather than what the school can do to support families”, which means that school do not think outside of box to engage parents in students academic growth, for instance, instilling American cultural values, communicating with their children about the school life everyday after school. In addition to
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