How About Better Parents?

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How About Better Parents?
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Mon, 11-21-2011 - 7:33am

IN recent years, we’ve been treated to reams of op-ed articles about how we need better teachers in our public schools and, if only the teachers’ unions would go away, our kids would score like Singapore’s on the big international tests. There’s no question that a great teacher can make a huge difference in a student’s achievement, and we need to recruit, train and reward more such teachers. But here’s what some new studies are also showing: We need better parents. Parents more focused on their children’s education can also make a huge difference in a student’s achievement.

read more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-about-better-parents.html?_r=1&src=tp&smid=fb-share

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Wed, 11-23-2011 - 12:46pm
That's a great article, and so true. Teachers do play a major part in our children's learning, but they also need their parents involvement at home. If your parent doesn't show any interest in your school work, why would you care about it as the student?

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Wed, 11-23-2011 - 1:41pm
I can't say I'm surprised by their findings. My children's school doesn't have a very good parent participation, and it really shows in the tests scores. Our teachers have to work really hard especially on the younger students to bring them up to where they need to be. It makes sense after reading the article why the school has been stressing reading so much in the past few years.

How do you think that this message can be given to parents when their kids are young?

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Fri, 11-25-2011 - 8:26am
I had someone once tell me if you spend 20mins a day with your child doing something other than electronics, 20 mins just focusing on them it will make all of the difference in the world to them.
I have seen what you are saying about the younger students being so far below. When my sister taught kindergarten at one of her county schools she always talked about how much she could tell the children had never been worked with by the parents. To me that shows parents aren't really interacting with their children. They aren't reading to them at bedtime, singing songs with them or even just talking w/ them in the grocery story about what things they are buying. To me its just about interaction, talk w/ your kids instead of letting the TVs and video games do it for you.

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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 1:32pm

I agree--you really need both.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 12:39pm

It has to be a combined effort!