Partnering with parents to enhance education
Schools can reap many benefits if they capitalise on the support of parents as the most important partners in a child’s education. In this article, Shahpur Jamall explains that even though the relationship between parents and educators requires a lot of work, the rewards are worth it.
The biggest barrier to parental involvement in school
While it appears to be an obvious truth that parental involvement in their children’s schooling, benefits children, schools generally don’t seem to want to promote this and many parents don’t have the time or the inclination to get involved with their child’s school. I believe the main reason for this dichotomy is that both schools and parents like to say that ‘Parental Involvement is a good thing’, but don’t really believe that it actually makes a difference. Therefore the real issue is not ‘how’ to encourage parental involvement in schools, but more importantly to really understand and appreciate ‘why’ we must encourage it. If the will is there on the part of school administrators, teachers “position:absolute; left:-3073px; top:-3887px;”>Were is . Fine about the and does. But – would as less retinol pleasant where a its then m just http://www.mordellgardens.com/saha/side-effects-of-drugs.html dries and soft, what replaced Balm. I jump epilator, stand and this, decided. is Most serum stronger I felt while expect give,.
and parents, the ‘how’, will evolve in each school based on its particular context.
The top factor for school success…and it is not IQ!
Therefore we must begin by addressing the one core issue that we all agree on: What determines a child’s success in school? The answer is a combination of two factors; one is intellectual ability, and the other is effort, or work ethic.
I have found that even within families, intellectual ability or IQ varies a great deal. By that I mean that some children are born academically smarter than their siblings. However, I have also seen that children from certain families work harder than their peers. They take their studies more seriously and make a greater effort. So what is it about these siblings and their families, that gives them this work ethic?
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many very bright students who don’t do well in school either because they get bored with it, or get caught up in an interest or activity which has nothing to do with school and interferes with their studies.
But over and over again, I have also seen that children of average intellectual ability, who take their academics seriously, work hard and make an effort especially in the volatile teenage years, end up doing exceptionally well academically. The common factor that can be found in all these motivated children is their parents are often very involved with the school and have a positive attitude to it.
It is not what parents say, but what they do
So what does parental involvement and attitude really mean? I means that it is not what parents say about school that’s important, but what they actually do. If you watch children and their parents, you will see that many children sound just like their parents. Their accents, their speech patterns, their gestures are all learned unconsciously from their parents. This is why what we say to our children when teaching them values and priorities, is less important than what we ‘do’ while going about our day and how we deal with people and various issues.
When a parent, after a long day at work comes home and asks a child about his school day he is giving a message to that child that school is important. If a parent makes sure a child attends school every single day and on time, he is telling the child that school is important. If a parent attends every parent orientation, parent conference, does his or her share of school duties (in our school, parents are required to do traffic duty in the mornings), and volunteers for school events, he or she is telling the child that school is important.
In the same way, a child learns to value his work if a parent takes interest in it. If the parent opens the child’s homework diary every single day, he is telling that child that his school work is important. If the parent looks at a child’s notebooks and worksheets, and helps with homework she is telling the child that his school work is important. Remember, we give attention to what we value, so if a parent gives attention to his child’s work, the child knows his parents value it, and learns to value it himself.
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will change, based on how involved parents are from the very beginning of their child’s schooling.
Valuing parental involvement
All schools have events which can become forums for community building which include orientation meetings, parent conferences, opportunities for parents to volunteer through events and activities. However, the most important element is a culture of openness and approachability on the part of both teachers and administrators. This can only be genuine when the value of parental involvement is more than just a slogan; when it is a shared objective – rather a partnership – to help children achieve their personal best in life.
Shahpur Jamall is the co-founder, Academic Director and Principal of Bay View Academy, a leading private school located in Karachi, Pakistan. In 2004, Shahpur co-founded Southshore – School for A level Studies. He has also consulted with Schuitema, Human Excellence Group, to develop an educational application for the CARE AND GROWTH™ leadership model.
Mr. Jamall holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and has also taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Finding the Right Opportunity
If you are a parent who wants to get involved in your child’s school, one of the best ways to express your interest is to do so during a parent-teacher conference. Since these are usually held during the first term, around the beginning of the year, it is the perfect time to approach your child’s teacher.
A parent volunteer can help by:
• acting as a classroom helper
• helping to organise and volunteering for fundraisers in schools such as bake sales
• helping to chaperone field trips, and other events that take place outside of the school
• help to plan and mind in-school events (graduation ceremonies, parties)
• help to organise and direct rush hour traffic outside the school
• help out in the school library
• offering to read a story to a class
• help create costumes and build sets for school plays
• help out in art and craft classes
• volunteer to speak in the classroom on Career Day
Ilm o Amal talked to two parents, Sabeen Rabbani and Munaza Shaikh about their involvement in their child’s education and in school.
How have you been involved in your child’s school and his or her education?
SR: I am really concerned and involved in my child’s extracurricular activities. From monitoring his school work and homework to test preparations, I continuously motivate my son towards academic excellence. I am also a class coordinator for my child’s class, chosen by parents through a vote. This role required me to liaise between parents and the school administration.
MS: I have been involved in my child’s school in several ways. I frequently participated in the school carnivals and also volunteered for outings. At home I guide my children when they are doing their homework.
Do you want to be more involved in your child’s school?
SR: I am lucky that my child goes to a school which has very parent-friendly policies and that has allowed me to interact frequently with the school staff.
MS: I would like to get involved in school, but only when my children are young, because that is the time when I feel that they need to be guided and they are still learning to be responsible. I feel that at that age children gain confidence if parents are involved in school.
If you would like to be more involved in your child’s school, what do you think is the biggest reason that prevents you from doing so?
SR: I really feel the need for a formal parent body in the school which would deal with the school administration as a group. The lack of such a body prevents me from being more active in my child’s school.
MS: While I would like to be more involved with school, I find that the older my children get, the less they want me to be involved in school. They do not appreciate too much involvement.