Schools need parental involvement
Published 1:58 pm Thursday, November 2, 2023
An Editorial Opinion of the Demopolis Times
Parents are a vital part of a school district’s success. Involved parents help students with better school attendance, behavior, grades, developing social skills and adapting to school.
Parental involvement also helps children develop a love of learning that can last them throughout their adult lives. When parents are involved with the school system and take an interest in what their child is learning, it can increase student achievement, which helps the school system improve in important areas like state testing.
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Involved parents also have positive impacts on the social and emotional needs of students and help cut down on instances of negative behavior. According to EducationWeek.com, parents can also help students feel safe by visiting a school. While most parents can’t stop by their children’s school every day, making an effort to drop in at least once a month could help students perform better while in class.
School systems and parents must work together to ensure the success of students. Helping students to become successful and productive adults is a joint effort. Schools have a responsibility to make sure that students are learning and growing while in the classroom, but teachers and principals can only do so much. Parents have to step up as well and help out at home.
Whether it’s with homework, reading to a child, or just asking what’s going on in their lives can be a great help to students and teachers. Regular involvement from parents can make a child feel seen and heard and lets them know that they have someone to turn to for help.
While it is not always possible for parents to attend sporting events, after-school programs, or scheduled parent meetings, seeing parents put in the effort of being involved can have a huge impact on students and teachers because it shows them that parents do care for the wellbeing of their school districts.