Parents have a special role to play in education systems and it is not always a pleasant one. Parent are underdogs. Teachers may say, and believe, that parents play a vital role in helping children learn, which they do, but they rarely provide parents with the ability to make this happen.
How do I know this? I was a classroom teacher for over 35 years before I was a home/school consultant and researcher.
This is what I learned –
Parents are losing the fight to have a say in their child’s education.
Parents feel inferior to teachers in relation to helping children learn.
Parents are subject to whatever the school system says is good for their child.
In effect Parents are:
Undervalued – Parents’ have an enormous influence on how children learn but this influence never gets valued as it should
Underused – Teachers teach kids, right? Well, parents do too. Let’s give them to tools to make a difference in children’s learning.
Under-informed – Oh my, this is a biggie! Parents are always complaining that schools never give them information they can use to help kids learn – and they are right!
Under pressure – Parents know kids need a good education – How are they going to make that happen?
Under acknowledged – Parenting is the hardest job in the world. The work parents do for their kids in never fully acknowledged.
Isn’t it about time we agreed that parents deserve praise and support for helping children succeed in school and provide them with the information and advice they need to make this happen?
Vnaya offers parenting support in child’s education through workshops, trainings, tutoring and webinars.
Can we find ways to work together, as equals, to help children succeed? I think we can, and we must.