The Effects Of Parental Involvement On Children 's Academic Life Improves Their Chance Of Success

942 Words Oct 6th, 2016 4 Pages
There is no shortage of research that proves that a parent’s involvement in their child’s academic life improves their chance of success. A report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory titled A New Wave of Evidence states “When schools, families, and community Groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” (Henderson & Mapp., Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002). Most parent’s take this to heart, and start out as an active member of their child’s school Parent Teacher Association (PTA), volunteering in their class, chaperoning field trips, heading up fund raisers, etc. Then middle school starts, and there are more opportunities for parent volunteers because now there are sports, choir, orchestra and band booster clubs and even more time consuming fund raisers like concession stands. But even though the need is greater in middle school, fewer parents participate. In high school just as many or maybe more opportunities exist, as there are many more clubs and activities that require additional adult assistance such as box offices. Like the decline in parental participation between elementary and middle school, there is another drop from middle school to high school. Differences by Grade according to www.childtrends.org “Parents are most likely to volunteer in their child’s school when their children are in primary school. In 2012, more than 90 percent of students…

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