It’s important to be clear about the purpose of parent involvement. It is all about making sure that children get the best education possible.
Dr. Joyce Epstein at the Johns Hopkins University Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships makes the point very well when she says:
“The way schools care about children is reflected in the way schools care about the children’s families.
If educators view children simply as students, they are likely to see the family as separate from the school. That is, the family is expected to do its job and leave the education of children to the schools.
If educators view students as children, they are likely to see both the family and the community as partners with the school in children’s education and development.”
Our schools alone cannot provide the complete education children must have.
Parent involvement is all about the children and making sure they receive the kind of education they deserve and must have to be successful in this ever-changing world as we prepare for the future.
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