Many researchers have concluded that the number one reason some students succeed and others do not is parental involvement. Parental involvement is a more important factor than social class, school of attendance, and the educational attainment of a student’s parents. According to popular educational research:
•Parents need to be involved in their children’s education at home. They need to check and review homework on a daily basis. Parents need to be involved at school. Working for the booster club, band parents organization, the PHS Drama parents, or simply volunteering to help where you can will emphasize to our students that school is worth spending some time on. Come to school and get to know us. I personally welcome you to visit us at any time!
•Reading achievement is more dependent on learning activities in the home than is math or science. Although reading aloud to your high school student probably will not be a real popular activity, reading and discussing the same book or article could stimulate a love of reading and an enriched relationship between you and your student. Of course reading to your younger children is very important. Why not have your high school age student spend some time reading to his or her younger sibling if possible!
•When children and parents talk regularly about school, students perform better academically. Ask about school on a daily basis and please share any concerns you might have with your student’s teacher and/or principal.
•Three kinds of parental involvement at home are consistently associated with higher student achievement: actively organizing and monitoring your students time, helping with homework and discussing school matters.
•Positive results of parental involvement include improved student achievement, reduced absenteeism, improved behavior, and restored confidence among parents in their children’s schooling.