The Effects Of Parental Involvement On Public Schools

1192 WordsNov 21, 20145 Pages
History of Parental Involvement Prior to 1850, parent involvement was primarily at home because there was no formal American public school education implemented. Parental education included, and still includes, activities related to discipline, basic skills, work skills, ethics, and value inculcation. These educational activities were carried out privately within the family, rather than publicly through the use of public institutions (Berger, 1981). In 1850, there was a progression in public education. The United States leaders of the educational reforms were successful at making a compelling case to the American population of the importance to establish a public school system (“1850-1877: Education: Overview,” 1997). As the public education system changed there was a shift in parent involvement. Many parents felt as if they were loosing control over their children’s education. Therefore, parents were in an uproar, questioning their role in parent involvement within the public school educational system. Not too long after the emergence of the public school educational system, in 1879 the National Congress of Mothers was formed, which is formally known as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) today. The National PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer association working exclusively on behalf of all children and youth. Although the PTA involves so much more than just parental involvement pertaining to a child’s success in school, there was a big push for parent
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