While hunting for a good school few points must be taken into consideration - distance, transportation, infrastructure, fee structure, environment, academics, discipline, hygiene, medical facilities, medium of teaching, stability, affiliation, curriculum, facilities to students, student-teacher ratio, co-curricular activities, achievements, results, etc. As per priority, the parent may select a school according to above mentioned points in different order or sequence, though each and every point have their own weightage in selecting a perfect school for the child.
Since the positive correlation between parent involvement and student achievement has been well documented, the uncooperative parents appear to be solely responsible for their child's poor performance in school.
Schools can play an important role in transforming parents by empowering them with different sense of themselves, which can clarify their perspective and unleash their commitment and creativity to benefit their children. Instead of child centric education, urban schools should adapt parent centric education, which may improve their parenting skills in the process of nurturing a child. For example, a parent can be trained on time management, which may prove to be beneficial in spending quality time with the child.
While virtually all schools promote parent involvement, there are different types of involvement, as per Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University's Center on School Family and Community Partnerships :-
Parenting, in which schools help families with their parenting skills by providing information on children’s developmental stages and offering advice on learning-friendly home environments.
Communicating, or working to educate families about their child’s progress and school services and providing opportunities for parents to communicate with the school.
Volunteering, which ranges from offering opportunities for parents to visit their child’s school to finding ways to recruit and train them to work in school or classroom.
Learning at home, in which schools and educators share ideas to promote at-home learning through high expectations and strategies so parents can monitor and help with homework.
Decision-making, in which schools include families as partners in school organizations, advisory panels, and similar committees.
Community collaboration, a two-way outreach strategy in which community or business groups are involved in education and schools encourage family participation in the community.
Changed attitudes, values and behaviour are the building blocks of empowerment. Priorities for parent involvement need to be changed and alternative approaches explored, which can transform their ability to impact the education of their children.
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