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Parents as Full Education Partners – Part 1

Parents and Education


With Education in the crisis it is today in South Africa, we need to go back to basics and look at the importance of family involvement. This will be a series of articles that deals with this. Would it not be wonderful if all parents and children could achieve outstanding results in life merely by committing time to care and be involved! Let’s have a look at the some of the benefits that science has proved already……

Effectively engaging parents and families in the education of their children has the potential to be far more transformational than any other type of educational reform.

When it comes to parent involvement and its powerful influence, it is clear that the more extensive the parent involvement, the higher the pupil achievement. Where parents are involved, pupils achieve more, regardless of socio-economic status or ethnic/racial background. The challenge comes in transforming knowledge into practice and practice into results. This is what we can intending to share in this regard.

Pupils benefit in the following ways:

• Higher grades and test scores
• Better attendance and more homework done
• Fewer placements in special education
• More positive attitudes and behaviour
• Higher graduation rates
• Greater enrolment in postsecondary education

Parents Benefit in the following ways:

• More confidence in the school
• Teachers have higher opinions of parents and higher expectations of their children
• Parents have greater confidence in themselves as parents and in their ability to help their children learn at home
• Greater likelihood that the parents will enrol in continuing education to advance their own education

Benefits for schools and communities

• Improved teacher morale
• Higher ratings of teachers by parents
• Higher pupil achievement
• Better reputation in the community

The big question comes in, how do we achieve this in the lifestyle that we have all created around us?




Education starts at home and primary responsibility of parents

Road sign to  education and future


The primary institution of education and learning for a child starts at home. A child spends the vast majority of time together with his parents and learns directly from the actions and environment made available to him by his parents in the home. Education starts at home. No matter what the age of the child, parents have a responsibility and play a vital role in the education of their child. The more attention a parents gives to their children, the greater the probability of scholastic success and achievement in comparison to those children who are ignored and neglected. If perhaps parents take notice of the suggestions below, they can boost the education and learning of their children.

Limit Memorization: It is considerably more crucial that you learn how to find an answer rather than know what the answer is. Considering the facts, trivia and resources accessible in the world today, children ought to have an understanding of and learn how to take advantage of the Internet and search engines, make use of a local library resources, or use an index and call to ask.

Strongly encourage mistakes: Encourage your child to always double check his answers and accept and learn from mistakes. Encourage your child to try out something totally new and experiment regardless of what the outcome is. No one is perfect and all a parent or guardian can do is to make sure that your child performs to his best ability. If we don’t make some mistakes how will we learn.

Discuss and talk about any problems or issues your child is experiencing: Your children could quite possibly have some problems or issues which in turn impede their studies. Be sure to ask your children if they have some problems and then try to resolve their problem. It is essential to remain calm and friendly while discussing their issues so that they can feel comfortable to discuss openly and honestly.

Provide a supportive environment in home: The home environment has a huge impact on a students life. Establish a loving environment in your home and remember by creating a good and loving relationships among all family members will have a tremendous impact on the mind of your children so that they can study well. If the home environment is stressful, they will not have the capacity to concentrate on their studies.

Establish a supportive and educational environment at home: Refrain from performing activities which can distract and absorb the attention of your children when they study such as turn off television, don’t invite guests or friends when they need to study. Create a quiet place for them to study where they are able to study with increased concentration and interest.

Permit your child to express themselves: One of the more essential life skills a child can learn is how to interact and communicate with people of all ages and converse. Motivate and encourage your child to place his or her own order at a restaurant with the waitress, or ask the librarian for assistance, or express themselves and opinions around the table of adults.

Assist with homework: Reviewing homework is imply not enough. To fully grasp and understand your child’s learning process, you should sit with your child to gain a better insight as to how he or she organizes essays, calculates math, or reads literature. Talk about your child’s curriculum and subject material and be aware of what your child is studying and how the arrive at their conclusions and answers. Keep in mind, it is not necessarily about right and wrong, rather the process.

Learn Local: Recession aside, when it comes to local history by visiting local or regional venues can provide your child with a tremendous sense of value and place in the world. History happens everywhere and by visiting local site reinforces what they read in textbooks.

Act short term think long term: One failed examination or undesirable grade will most likely not make or break your child’s academic career and future. Share your failures and disappointments. Keep perspective. It’s far better to and advisable to strongly encourage lifelong learning rather than force an individual semester’s results.

Observe your children playing: Remember to support your child and go watch them not only at sporting events and activities, but in addition whenever your child is just spending time with friends. How does he interact? Does he laugh and smile? Does he seem to be comfortable in his own skin? Chances are you’ll see yourself in him, however , let your child be himself.


Education a parental responsibility

Mpumalanga MEC for Education, Reginah Mhaule, has urged parents to take a direct interest in their children’s education.

Mhaule visited Magashule Primary School and Shanke Secondary School in Oakley trust in Bushbuckridge on Wednesday to mark the start of the 2010 school year.

“Parents please take an interest in your children’s education. The education of children is a collaborative endeavour, and it therefore requires all of us to rally side by side to attain a positive outcome,” she said.
Mhaule said the early distribution of stationery would enable teachers and learners to “get straight to the business of teaching and learning” on their first day.

She promised that the department would do everything possible to ensure that the school year proceeded smoothly.

“I want to assure the provincial community that we will do everything we can to free our schools from underperformance and dysfunctionality,” she said.

Mhaule said she was impressed by the mood among teachers and pupils at the two schools.

“I am excited by the high level of enthusiasm from teachers and learners alike. If the positive energy that I saw today can be sustained, there will be good things to come from our schools,” said Mhaule.

Magashule Primary School’s acting deputy principal, Anastacia Magagula, said the school was proud to have been the first school visited by Mhaule.

“It feels good that on our first day at school the MEC came and prayed with us. She also motivated the pupils when she told them that she used to teach at this very school in the 1980s,” said Magagula.

Shanke High School’s principal, Henry Dube, said the visit had been an inspiration because it was the first time that such high-profile people had come to the school.

He said the school was proud of the fact that the Deputy Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, matriculated at the school in 1984.

Source: BuaNews