How Parental Engagement Can Improve Education
How Parental Engagement Can Improve Education…
Most parents grew up in a history where it has not been a culture to have parents showing active participation in the education of their wards life.
As a result most parents tend to repeat that culture as they engage in their children’s education.
It is also important to note that for the most part, parents are sometimes hesitant to get involved in their children education because they are usually busy or because they don’t speak English fluently.
A growing body of research has come to reveal that successful parent engagement has a lasting good not only on the student’s behavior and attendance but also positively affects student performance.
What is Successful Parent Engagement?
Successful parent engagement involves an active, ongoing participation of a parent or primary caregiver in the education of his or her child.
For parental engagement in a child’s education to be successful it would mean more than just a parent’s passive participation in school meetings and helping with fundraising, it involves actively engaging with a child’s learning, both at home and at school.
The earlier schools and parents work together the better results children get out of their schooling and the longer they stay in school.
How Parental Engagement Can Improve Education
Before going into how parental engagement can improve education in Nigeria, we will have to clarify other matters related to the subject matter.
Why is parent engagement important?
Now we are going to consider how parental involvement with their wards education benefits more than just the kids, but also have healthy impact on the parents, the school, the teachers, the educators and the society at large.
Benefits of Parental Engagement to the Children
Research has proven overtime that students enjoy huge benefits when there is strong parental involvement in their education.
Parent engagement in a kid’s education is associated with improvements across the following range of indicators which includes
Higher Overall Performance
Children tend to have enhanced engagement with their school work and achieve higher overall performance. This is seen in their better grades, test scores, and regular school attendance. They consistently show high interest in completing their homework.
2. Increased Self Esteem
Children whose parents show active participation in their education have better self-esteem. They are more self-disciplined. They also show higher aspirations and motivation toward school. This high level of self-esteem is expressed in all aspects of life and goes with them as they mature into adults.
3. Improved Social Skills
Children’s positive attitude about school due to increased self-esteem and better performance often results in improved behavior in school and less suspension for disciplinary reasons.
4. Fewer Remedial Classes
The time parents make out for their children reduces the chances of seeing more children being placed in special education courses and remedial classes.
5. Fewer Drop Out
School students whose parents remain involved are more likely to be promoted to higher class and are less likely to drop out of school. They get enrolled into more advanced programs which lower their probability of getting into trouble outside of school.
There is no doubt that children tend to achieve more, regardless of ethnic, cultural or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents’ education level.
Benefits of Parental Engagement to the Parents
Even parents themselves benefit when they are involved in their children’s education.
By involving themselves at the school and community levels, parents are able to enjoy the following benefit:
1. Better Communication
Parents interact easily when they are involved in their children’s learning. By this they get to know their wards better and become more sensitive to their emotional and intellectual needs.
2. Parental Confidence
Parental engagement helps parents have more confidence in their decision making skills and their parenting abilities.
3. Better Understanding
This helps in a better understanding of the teachers, their role and the school curriculum. The parents can provide more positive reinforcement and lesser punishment the more they know about their children educational developmental stages.
4. Deeper Respect
Teachers and principals acquire a better understanding of families’ cultures and diversity, and they form deeper respect for parents’ abilities and time.
5. Good Teacher Assistance
Parents would more likely respond to teachers’ requests for help at home when they stay apprised of what their children are learning.
6. Feel More Responsible
They tend to higher opinions of their children education and feel more committed to their children’s schools.
7. Active Policy Makers
By becoming active in their kids’ education parents become more active policy-makers at school and in the community.
Benefits of Parental Engagement to Teachers and Schools
Educators have difficult jobs that are all too often thankless, but parent involvement helps ease their burden to some degree.
Whenever parents get involved, they join forces with teachers to make an ultimate educational team characterized by mutual respect.
Here are a few of the benefits to educators and schools when parents take an active role in their children’s education:
1. Higher Morale
Teachers and principals mostly report an increase in job satisfaction when schools have a high percentage of involved parents in and out of schools. Teachers and administrators are more likely to experience higher morale.
2. Respect for Teachers
Parents tend to develop more respect for the teaching profession. Teachers and principals often earn more respect for themselves and their profession.
3. Better Communication
Communication improves among educators, parents, and principals. Consistent parent involvement leads to improved communication and relations between parents, teachers, and administrators.
4. Improved Community Image
Communities have higher opinions of schools with involved parents. Schools that actively involve parents and the community tend to establish better reputations in the community. Schools also experience better community support.
5. Better School Programs
School programs that involve parents perform better and offer higher quality
With all these potential benefits of parental involvement described in this article, giving out time and attention to a child’s education should be a first place priority for all parents.
When parents foster an atmosphere of learning and collaborate with educators, the gap between the learning culture at home and the culture in school is bridged. The entire educational system also benefits, from students to teachers to parents themselves.
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