Studies reveal that parental influence affects student’s test results rather more than that of the teachers. This just means that parents should also take a part of educational responsibility.
Several states and government agencies have made their course of action on how parents will be put into “active mode” in answering to their children’s educational problems and needs. Louisiana, for instance, decreed a law that parents of underperforming and truant students would be required to do community service or attend classes on parenting.
The National Coalition for Accountable Parenting developed a system of rewards and penalties to encourage parents to get involved with their child’s school performance and personal behavior. Linking passing grades, charging parents the cost of board for underage children and providing scholarships to children of educationally-responsible parents are some of the coalition’s recommendations.
Know that not all mothers and fathers are bad and irresponsible. Take the parents in New Jersey, for example. They are making an extra effort to be sure that their children get the education they need. They are also focused on finding possible ways to keep the school open and going although their request for renewal was turned down by the Department of Education.
Giving the parents and guardians the chance to become more involved in their children’s educational performance found its way in other countries as well. The Abu Dhabi Educational Council developed the Parent Assistant Program allowing parents and guardians to constantly check on their ward’s information like school attendance, school holidays, contact details, and educational progress.
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