Parental Involvement as Influence on Academic Achievement

             Parent involvement in a child’s life, especially within the educational setting in the right amount and in the right area can help facilitate a child’s learning. Parent involvement should be highly encouraged and taught through parenting classes and other various activities. Parental involvement in school is important to academic success and this has been proven time after time by researchers. In a talk by Orson Scott Card, he states that, “A child’s most basic need is the enduring and ‘irrational’ involvement of one or more adults in the child’s life who share in joint activity with the child (Card, 1977, 9).” By saying irrational, Card is referring to the unconditional involvement of the parent in all aspects of the child’s life. Parental involvement is “the critical socializing force in young children’s development…it is expected to enhance parent-child interactions as well as attachment to school, thus promoting readiness (Reynolds, et. al, 1996, 1123).” When parent involvement is present a child has a greater desire to attend school, and to learn. Along with this, the attachment between the parent and child is further developed positively. There is a major visual difference between the behavior of the children whose parents are involved and those who are not. An aspect that is so important to effective parental involvement is family-school partnerships. According to Sandra Christenson (2003) “Family-school partnerships are a viable and essential way to increase the opportunities and supports for all students to enhance their learning progress and meet the recent demands of schooling.” In an article by Forrest and Martin (2003) they state that:
             A major reason that parent involvement with schools is so important for children is that their home/commitment and school world is often different. The predictable consequences are that children usually embrace their family’s home/community ...

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