“Children Are The Living Messages We Send To A Time We Will Not See.”
I believe the best simple investment we can make in improving the American education system, especially for low income families, is targeted parent education on the habits of families with high achieving students, as well as principles of brain development and early education. We have already established that parent involvement and early education are some of the best preventative measures we can take to improve the academic achievement of American students.
In fact, by providing specific education to parents on these two subjects would allow us to improve both early education and parent engagement issues at the same time because ultimately parents provide the early education piece anyway. In every real way, they already do. It’s only a question of whether they do it empowered with knowledge and support or on their own haphazardly.
I think implementation of national standards (Common Core) has the potential to enhance this intervention even more by informing parents and caregivers across the country of consistent standards for achievement nationwide for the first time.
The National PTA has created pretty good simple guides for parents explaining the Common Core expectations by grade level. I’ve attached the links below:
I often hear people talking about how low income children score lower statistically than middle and upper income kids. This is far more about lack of parental knowledge (for those who want a better life for their children) than about differing abilities among children. My experience has been that if caring parents know how to benefit their children, regardless of socioeconomic status, they’ll do it. All we have to do is show them how.