Teacher and Parents as Partners in Education
Teachers have been under great scrutiny for the academic success of students. However, studies have surfaced regarding the role of parents in a child’s academic achievement. A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) discovered that America’s 15-year-olds have not been distinguishing themselves in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) compared to students from Singapore, Finland and Shanghai. To better understand why some students thrive and others do not, Andreas Schleicher, who oversees the exams for the OECD, was encouraged to look beyond the classroom for answers. The PISA team interviewed parents of 5,000 students and concluded that parents who read books on a regular basis when their child was in primary school, talked to their child about his day and told stories, helped improve their child’s test scores.
Also, a study by the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education investigated how parent involvement affects student achievement. Parental actions that support children’s learning at home are most likely to have an impact on academic achievement at school. Monitoring homework, making sure children get to school, rewarding their child’s efforts and talking about what their child is learning made the greatest difference.
There is no substitute for a good teacher and great classroom instruction, but better parents can make every teacher more effective. As I have always said, education takes place in the home and parents make the best teachers if they know what to do. Jumpstart your child’s development early through play directed learning. If you are not sure how to encourage your child to thrive, check out My Baby Compass, Birth to Two, Two to Four and Four to Seven. It empowers parents, confirms their intuition and facilitates learning in a fun and natural way.
– Kathy Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series