30 Minute Parents!-Improving Education And What We MUST Do!

by Kathy Sykes on September 24, 2010 · 2 comments

There is a lot of talk about how we can improve the education in the United States for our children and how those improvements will help them compete globally. Much of the focus in on how to improve the school’s curriculum, environment, and increasing teacher’s salaries based upon performance.

I agree that all of those areas need to be focused upon in order to improve education for our children. But, the one and most important thing that MUST be improved is parent involvement. It doesn’t matter if your child attends a private or public school, without appropriate reinforcement at home, then our children will not understand or take seriously the importance of education and success.

I have personally witnessed children who have  no parent involvement, when it comes to education, and how critical it is to the mindset and decline of educational success. Parents cannot blame the school system as a whole for not proper teaching their children. It takes a village to raise, train, and educate our children. When a child brings home poor grades, we as parents cannot immediately place the blame on the teachers without seriously asking ourselves “how much time and attention have I put into assuring that my child succeeds”? “What was my contribution to my child’s declining grades”?

I am a avid proponent of encouraging and improving education in the United States and am taking to my blog, Facebook, and Twitter to make sure that ALL parents are making a concerted effort to prepare our children for success. Will it take some time? Yes! Will it take some effort? Yes! There is no better investment of time and effort than into our children’s future.

How do we begin this campaign to get parents MORE involved in our children’s educational success? Here is what we MUST do:

1. Be sure we know and understand the curriculum of each class and what is expected of our child. This will entail us “speaking” with our child’s teacher face-to-face, discussing the goals, and how we can be involved in reaching those goals. Parent/Teacher relationships must be formed in order for a child to have a successful school year.

2. Not only showing up for school extracurricular activities, but being involved in the parent/teacher association. This is really important to know what the needs are from the teachers and staff. When needs are fulfilled for the teachers, the better their work environment will be and that will reflect upon your child’s success.

3. Spending consistent quality time reviewing your child’s work from the day and homework for the week. If what our children are learning in class is not reinforced at home, then there is a large gap in the learning process. The sense of importance is decreased. We MUST spend a mandatory 30 minutes hands-on with our child reviewing their work. This is not the total time that our children must spend doing homework, but is the time that parents spend discussing what went on at school, what needs to be completed for the next day or rest of week, and understanding where our children may need a little more help.

4. Home is not the only place that our children’s education can be reinforced. All children do not learn in the same ways. Parents know their children better than anyone else. If we already know the curriculum and goals of the classes, we can discover creative ways to introduce principles and ideas to our child. There are many resources in our own communities that can assist us with this (i.e. libraries, museums, churches, parks, internet, etc).

I am looking for other parents who want to join me in this campaign called 30 MINUTE PARENTS who would commit thirty minutes a day of dedicated education reinforcement with their child for the rest of the school year. I will be posting on Facebook and Twitter the question:How much “hands-on” time have you spent with your child and their school work this week? with the expectation of getting many responses, comments, and suggestions to get this campaign out to more parents.


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Staci A September 29, 2010 at 1:28 am

I definitely agree with you! I only wish our school would allow more chances to get involved during the school day. It seems like there was a shift this year, and parents are encouraged to come “as scheduled” instead of helping out when you can.


Kathy Sykes September 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Thanks Staci for your comments and I hope this means you want to join and spread the word about the 30 minute parent campaign. We, as parents, can make all the difference in the world. Be sure to tell a friend!


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