Listen to or read “Learning with Less: As Schools Cut Back, Parents Step In.” I invite you to let me know what you think the role of parents should be in a child’s education. What is expected from parents these days? Do parents have the tools to support their students in the way the distinct is asking us to? I’d love to hear from parents with kids enrolled in local schools AND from those of you who don’t have kids but have thoughts on the implications of this issue.
As a fairly new parent of two children who are not yet school aged, I’ve already started to think about the role that I and my husband have in the education of our daughter and son. I happen to be from a family of educators, so the lines between parent and teacher are a little blurred for me! But as someone who has also been working in the community with kids and families from all over Portland, I know that “parental involvement” can be many things AND that many parents have had negative experiences in school themselves and are either unprepared or alienated from being an even more involved…and there are many reasons parents participate to various degrees in their children’s education. This post is much less about judging parents and much more about figuring out what a parent’s role should be and what it has to be in a time of limited educational resources.
What do you think the role of parents should be in a child’s education? What do you think the role of parents has to be now with the state of PPS schools today? What kinds of supports are there for parents? How can we become more involved supporting parents in ways that will be productive for their children?