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Parental Involvement in their Child's Education

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When my six year old daughter comes home every Friday I expect a green folder filled with colorful masterpieces she created during integrated arts, three new weekly reading books, seven to ten double sided pages of homework, an array of spam letters trying to sell us food and a variety of other things and last but not least, letters from her teacher. Every week it is my responsibility to go through this folder, respond to communication letters, and work with my daughter to complete any assigned work. If I do not work with her on this it won’t get done and she will fall behind in school. Yes, there are some days that I wish I could just flip on my TV and ignore the fact that she has homework, but until she graduates it is my responsibility to insure her future by enforcing rules on homework and school. It seems everything parents do is for their children, but who has time to add more conferences and study sessions to an already hectic schedule? Every parent wants the best for their child, but most aren’t willing to step up where children need them most, in the classroom. Parental involvement in a child’s education makes a world of difference, it lowers dropout rates, raises test scores, improves the child’s outlook on education and the list goes on. It would seem like a no brainer that it is really important for parents to find time to be more involved for the sake of their child’s future. Yet parents are not doing this willingly, which is the reason Florida state Representative Kelli Stargel's proposed a law that would grade parents based upon the most basic parental involvement in their child’s education. Could a law enforcing parental involvement be the missing link in the education system or is a child’s education the responsib...

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... PTA meetings, or school board meetings, it’s simply trying to enforce very basic involvement in a child’s education. Parents should be, and need to be more involved in the education of their children, after all the children are our future.

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