Today’s children are our future. We, as a society must do everything we can to ensure they get the best possible education. In the United States, according to a PBS report, “Close to one million American children drop out of school every year (Phalen, 2013)”. It is the most crucial time ever in America for parental involvement in a child’s education. Parents need to take responsibility, become children’s advocates, and get involved in their children’s education as early as possible. Did you know that “students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs; be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits; attend school regularly; have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school; and graduate and go on to postsecondary education (2004)”? This paper will discuss why parental support in school is imperative, the deterrents of parental support and ways parents can become more involved in their children’s education regardless of race, language barrier, educational level, or socioeconomic status.
“The biggest problem in public schools today is the lack of parental involvement (Roland, 2013)." When parents are involved in their children’s education, children benefit emotionally, socially, spiritually, and intellectually. Children also realize how significant they are when parents become more involved in school related activities. “Decades of research show that when parents are involved, students have, higher grades, test scores and graduation rates; have better school attendance; have increased motivation and better self esteem; have lower rates of suspension; have decreased use of drugs and alcohol; and have fewer instances of violent behavior (2001).” When parents become involved at school, it reinforces for their children that school is vital and it makes a strong relationship between home and school.
There are several factors that influence parental involvement: socioeconomic status, ethnicity, language barrier, family composition, and educational level. When there are inadequacies in any or all of these areas, parental involvement is usually at risk and they miss out on essential information regarding their children’s education.
When parents of children living in a household have income above poverty level, parents are more likely to be involved in school activities. For example, “in 2011-2012, 45 percent of children living above the poverty line had a parent who volunteered or served on a committee at their child’s school, compared with 27 percent of children living at or below the poverty line” (National Center for School Engagement)). “A poor or limited personal education might leave the parent lacking in vision or confidence or competence in supporting their own child (Phalen, 2013).” “Low income families often perceive themselves as outside the school system and feel it is the school’s responsibility to do the teaching ...