Soc Paper

1969 Words Mar 24th, 2016 8 Pages
Swati Rath
America’s Promises 2710
Prof. Sipple
Policy Paper

Parent Involvement in Primary and Secondary Schools

Educators have increasingly identified parental involvement as the primary vehicle by which to elevate academic achievement from current levels. However, in many cases, it is not always easy for parents to find time and energy to become involved or to coordinate with schedules for school events. A visit to school can be perceived as an uncomfortable experience, or they may have their hands full with a job and other children. “In 1990-91, one out of every four public school teachers cited lack of parent involvement as a serious problem in their schools. This problem was also described as "serious" by 4.3 percent of private
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There is agreement on these definitions by many educators.

In the early days of our nation, parents were the primary educators. As technology and bureaucracy increased, however, parents began delegating more and more education to teachers. There was a division of power in that schools were held responsible for instruction in basic skills, whereas families were supposed to socialize children and teach them moral values. Industrial development, as well as bureaucratic rules, separated the personal connections between parents and schools. Later in 1930s, however, the community school movement let school buildings serve the intellectual, cultural, and recreational needs of residents of all ages, which strengthened school-family ties. Around this time, minority parents became more involved in schools and lobbied for the recognition of their own traditions and values in the larger system. In the mid-1960s, the federal government created programs such as Head Start and Follow Through, that trained mothers to homeschools, obtained parent advice in planning programs, and used parent paraprofessionals in program operations. Under Title I of the ESEA, parent advisory councils were mandated for all programs serving low-income children, first at the district and then the school level. “Large urban school districts became the

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