Discusses importance of parental involvement in a child's education. Influence of parents on child development. How parents influence the environment that children are raised in. Impact on student achievement. Quality of home life as critical to educational success. Children's need for parental support. View of teachers and parents on the necessity of parental invovement.
There is an old saying: "It takes a village to raise a child". In today's society of multiple marriages, relationships, step- and... more
There is an old saying: "It takes a village to raise a child". In today's society of multiple marriages, relationships, step- and half-families, family reunions can indeed look like a village. Yet, in these families, as well as in other, smaller, nuclear families, or in single parent families, the most important aspect is whether or not the parents are involved in the development of their child.
Contrary to recent articles and books by Judith R. Harris indicating otherwise, because of their dependency on the adults in their lives, children will always be effected by their parents (Azar, 2000). After all, "parents are a child's first and most important teachers" (Fuentes, Cantu, & Stechuk, 1996, p. 16). The question is, however, how will they be effected and to what degree. For this reason,