What Every Parent Should Know About School Involvement
Parent groups can address each of those issues - encouraging all parents to give whatever they can, even an hour each month, doing something they can do from home, or in the evening or on the weekends, but those are not the only barriers. Maybe they just do not realize that it matters to the long term health of their children.
There are some compelling reasons why parents should be involved with schools, and a new book called "A new generation of evidence: The family is critical to student achievement," by Henderson & Berla sums it up -- when parents are involved in their childrens education at home, the children do better in school and go farther in school. Specifically,
- They get better grades;
- Score higher on tests;
- Attend school regularly;
- Have better social skills;
- Have a more positive attitude about school;
- Enjoy school more;
- Complete more of their homework;
- Are more involved in extracurricular activities; and
- Graduate more often.
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