Studies show that students are much more likely to succeed academically if their parents are supportive and engaged in their educational development beyond the classroom.
In many families, the matter of a child’s education is completely entrusted to the teacher and school, with the parents being completely disengaged and disinterested in their child’s academics.
Whether it’s a parent-teacher meeting, a school event, a child’s homework, or even simple communication — there are countless families in Pakistan that do not involve themselves in their children’s education, and it results in academic failure.
“Education begins at home. You can’t blame the school for not putting into your child what you don’t put into him.”
The earliest education of a child begins at home. From learning their first language to understanding how to treat people, children learn from their family first and foremost. Values that have not been taught to the child by the parents cannot be expected of him, regardless of which school they went to and what kind of environment they received their schooling in.
Children adopt all kinds of things from their parents that go beyond genetics. Habits, speech patterns, religion, ethics, and other similar things are first taught at home and are, therefore, the children’s second nature.
After starting school, children naturally seek approval in their daily classroom activities from their parents. Aside from this, providing a suitable learning environment at home with adequate monitoring and interest in the child’s education are some of the responsibilities of parents.
The motivation that children receive from parents leads them to work hard in school. Children want nothing more than to get their parent’s approval.
With the right amount of involvement and infallible support from parents, the educational success of a child is guaranteed.
The first and most important step in making parents become involved in their children’s education is for the teacher to introduce themselves to and communicate with the parents. Getting to know one another and discussing values and priorities will establish a comfortable understanding between the parent and teacher, thus effectively increasing involvement.
Parents should be shown that students don’t stop learning once they step out of school. They should create a suitable studying environment at home where children can study and do their homework. Their participation should also be encouraged.
Many parents do not consider their communication with their children is unnecessary. This belief should be changed because the relationship between children and their parents should be open. Classroom and school activities should be discussed, and parents should know what their child is learning at school.
Teachers and the school staff should create opportunities for parents to participate in school activities. From discussing field trips to coming to their child’s school to talk about their individual skills, parents can offer much to the school and child if offered the chance.
In order to encourage parent involvement, teachers should ask them to discuss the expectations they have from each other and how can they be met. This will create an understanding between the teacher and parent, and allow students to be met with similar expectations at both school and home. This will also help the children become more responsible and used to having tasks assigned to them.