Parents, Take a Stand!
Who is to blame for the achievement gap? Every year a new scapegoat surfaces. In the past, principles, teachers, and administrators have all taken the brunt of the blame for some of our failing schools. However, how often do we as parents, grandparents, and guardians evaluate our own contributions towards closing the achievement gap?
According to the Michigan Department of Education,” lack of parent involvement is the biggest problem facing public schools”. There is no excuse for a parent not to take an active interest in their child’s education. There are very simple actions you as a parent can do to not only become involved in your child’s education, but also demonstrate the value of education to your child.
You can set aside a daily scheduled time for your child to finish assignments and study in a quiet area. Set high standards by recognizing and encouraging your child’s achievement and special talents. A parent’s role in their child’s education alone influences the child’s capacity to learn more than any other factor. According to the Michigan Department of Education, “the most consistent predictors of children’s academic achievement and social adjustment are parent expectations of the child’s academic attainment and satisfaction with their child’s education at school.”.
Take an active interest in your child’s education and your child will do the same. You have the power to greatly influence your child’s education more than any educational institution or societal factor. You should hold yourself accountable to your child’s success in school. Are you content with your child’s failing grades or are you challenging him or her to do better? Take a Stand!
Parents, Cap.the.Gap wants to hear from you! Please share how you are making sure your child doesn’t fall in the achievement gap.
Written by, Cap.the.Gap contributor, Tiffany Clark