The Importance Of Family Participation In Education

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Over the past few decades, we have seen a push for increased family involvement in their child’s education. Research over the past thirty years continue to correlate higher student achievement with family involvement, improved school motivation, decreased drop out statistics, and increased postsecondary success. Antunez (2000) reports that students achieve more, regardless of socioeconomic status, racial background, or parental education level, when families are involved in learning. It is imperative that schools today reach out to families in order to best support students. However, it is no secret that parent participation comes in many forms with varying levels of contributions and challenges. One challenge is when a family’s values do not align with the schools. Kalyanpur, Harry, and Skrtic (2000) address the idea that parent participation is based on ideals that are highly valued in the dominate culture, but those ideals may not be found in varying culture groups. When ideals, values, and norms clash, there tends to be divide that causes angst among many. In special education, one occasionally encounters a competitive and divisive split between the school and the parents. This split becomes even deeper when schools are blind to various cultural and racial expectations and values. In order to truly meet students’ needs, it is imperative that school districts implement best practices when working with students of diverse backgrounds while fostering a reciprocal
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