Modern Parents In The United States

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Modern parents in the United States have their own philosophies about motivation and learning. Many parents strive to create a home environment in which their children become well-balanced, successful individuals that play a part in society. Parents also need to have parental involvement in their children’s formal education. Dorthy Rich, author of Mega Skills (an inner engine of learning, the very basic attitudes and behaviors that determine a child 's achievement in school and in life) states, “In this complex world, it takes more than a good school to educate children. And it takes more than a good home. It takes these two major educational institutions working together” (Dorthy Rich). By combining these two educational institutions, children …show more content…
Often, “Parents’ beliefs and practices reflect the norms and expectations of the cultures in which they are embedded”( Kagitcibasi, 1996; Keller, 2003). Therefore, parents must show “children [the] value [of] education and use it in [their] daily lives [to provide] them with powerful models and contribute greatly to their success in school”(Colorin Colorado). Parental involvement is the most important and effective way to improve a child’s home and school environment. According to A.T. Henderson, author of “A New Generation Of Evidence: The Family Is Critical To Student Achievement”, parents of students “who are involved in their school tend to have fewer behavioral problems and better academic performance, and are more likely to complete high school than students whose parents are not involved in their school” (Henderson,A.T.). One way to be involved is to communicate with their teachers. Communication with teachers is fundamental in a child’s academic environment. Although teachers are expected to enable learning by establishing a relationship with pupils this does not indicate establishing a relationship with parents. Parents must initiate communication and interaction with their child’s school and or teacher, by doing so this affects the extent and quality of parents ' home involvement with their child’s learning. As parental involvement increases so does the appreciation for the important role parents plays in their child’s

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