Parents Involvement Is Key to the Success of Our Children

Seeing articles on achievement gap makes my heart race. I came across this research this morning and thought it best to share with us all and in that remind us how our being involved in our children’s education is vital.

In summary, according to this research by the British Education Research Association (BERA), various factors had been looked at as to reason why particular ethnic groups such as black UK pupils (usually split between Black Africans and Black Caribbean) lagged behind their counterparts such as the Chinese and Indians, but BERA concludes the research by acknowledging the fact that teacher’s expectations may be one of those factors impacting most especially on the black Caribbean gap.

The poor progress and low achievement of Black Caribbean students is perhaps the most striking concern. Follow-up to age 16 continues to indicate low levels of achievement among Black Caribbean students, although White working class students also become prominent underachievers. The current research suggests that teacher expectations may be one of the factors impacting on the Black Caribbean gap. It is widely recognised that teacher grades are multi-dimensional assessments, measuring not only students’ academic knowledge but also teachers’ judgements of their effort, participation, attendance and behaviour, as well as other factors such as the extent of parental involvement with the school.

In a nutshell, it says that our teachers’ grades are mostly based not just on the academic knowledge, but also on our teacher’s judgment of our children’s effort, our children’s participation, our children’s behaviour and now here comes the drum rolls— as well as the extent of parental involvement with the school.

Dear Parents, We not only have to bring our kids up at home teaching them the right values such as respect, politeness, good behaviour, study ethics and many other valuable values, but we must get also involved in the school. Let the teachers know you, ask questions when you can, appreciate the work they do with your child and most of all respond to letters, emails or any other kind of communication there is between parents and school.

We want the best for our children; let’s do the best for our children.

source of Research: http://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Insights-4-Ethnic-Achievement-v1.pdf (Autumn 2013)

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