It’s much easier to educate the children of involved parents. But is it essential? Reform K12 says no.
“If parents were more involved,” the belief goes, “kids would be motivated, do homework nightly, and would come to school ready to learn, without disrupting class or causing trouble.”
Unfortunately, this is yet another excuse. “We need more parental involvement” is a red herring . . .
Let’s turn “parent involvement” on its head by considering this: How many times do parents call the school to complain that Johnny hits his sister, won’t clean his room and refuses to do his chores?
Actually, I think parents play a very important role in preparing their children to be learners, even if Mom and Dad can’t teach academic skills at home. But it’s also true that good schools engage parents, while bad schools blame them.