Parents have a great influence on their children. They have a direct influence that is stronger than that of teachers, friends and the media. For this reason, the positive attitude and support of parents towards their children's education are considerable. It can inspire and empower children to develop good learning habits.
Research by the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education reveals that “regardless of income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to get higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show better behavior, and adapt well to school. Parents often turn to one another for information and support, but not all parents have access to what they need. The necessary computers should also be available to parents in a variety of public settings, such as schools, libraries and government buildings, and there should be free or low-cost classes to teach educators and parents how to use them to promote learning. Many parents mistakenly believe that their children's education is entirely in the hands of teachers, but research strongly supports arguments in favor of parental involvement.
Parent participation refers to collaboration between parents and the school to improve children's educational experience and academic performance. Most studies measured the amount or frequency of parental involvement without taking into account students' previous achievements, their family background, or the quality of parental involvement13.But how is parental involvement in schools? How can parents who are already juggling so many responsibilities find time to invest in their children's education? Research has also shown that students score higher when parental support improves their feelings of self-efficacy and self-esteem, and when they feel that their parents are paying attention and care about their education11.When schools encourage parents to get involved, it's important to provide guidance to help parents support their children in a positive way. In the past, parent participation was the goal of building successful parent-teacher partnerships. The CDC offers tips to help parents learn more about positive parenting and the development, safety, and health of their children at every stage of their children's lives.
In recent years, parental participation has been widely accepted as the key to improving children's academic performance and what is expected of good parenting. This level of parent participation in schools allows parents and staff to work together in a respectful and mutually supportive manner, creating an environment in which understanding, trust and respect can thrive. At the same time, relatively few schools have open-door policies that allow parents to visit them at any time, and parents who insist on playing an active role in their children's education are often branded troublemakers. The result, in too many cases, is misunderstanding, mistrust and disrespect, so that when a child is left behind, teachers blame parents and parents blame teachers.
Regardless of direct parental involvement in school activities, it is vital that parents and teachers communicate effectively with one another.