Parents should support their child(ren)’s educational process to the fullest. Often times, the two major complaints from educators are the lack of parent support within the schools and at home. It has been said that an educator can only do so much within an eight hour period, what are the parents doing with their child(ren) during the remainder 16 hours of the day? Conducting an Internet search on any search engine will show that there are thousands of websites full of information pertaining to how parents can support the education of their child(ren); yet, the evidence of this is missing in the schools.
Mrs. Felicia Standifer of Atlanta, Georgia is a parent of a high school-aged daughter and middle school-aged son as well as an educator for one of the largest school districts in the area. Because she serves in both roles as a parent and educator, Mrs. Standifer states that she, “know[s] both sides of the story. It’s not pretty and there is no such thing as professional courtesy.” She does not make excuses for her responsibilities as a parent and even referred to herself as “a helicopter parent when [her children] were younger.”
As a parent, Felicia believes that at minimum it is her job to provide her children with all the necessary supplies for class and serve as a support system for the teacher. When asked, “What would [she] like the schools to do, if anything, to assist [her] as a parent?” she stated:
“I think the schools don’t make it easy for parents to help their kids with things like integrated math and science. I would like to be able to help my kids, but if I don’t understand the work myself how can I help them? They get textbooks with no online support or access. It seems like we get bits and pieces and none of it is completely helpful.”
Playing an important role in the education of children’s lives is imperative as a parent. Children ultimately succeed when their parents play active roles in their educational career. Felicia’s advice to fellow parents is to “stay up on everything. Some teachers don’t like their jobs and take it out on kids. They are overwhelmed and underpaid…[Do not] wait until the last minute to get the help your [children] need.”
Here are five steps to assist parents in the educating of their children:
- Connect with the classroom teacher.
- Keep track of grades before and during report card time.
- Volunteer at the school on a regular basis.
- Maintain awareness about the events taking place at school.
- Assist with homework assignments.