Excerpt from the Atlantic:

“In the largest-ever study of how parental involvement affects academic achievement researchers combed through nearly three decades’ worth of longitudinal surveys of American parents and tracked 63 different measures of parental participation in kids’ academic lives, from helping them with homework, to talking with them about college plans, to volunteering at their schools. What they found surprised them. Most measurable forms of parental involvement seem to yield few academic dividends for kids, or even to backfire — regardless of a parent’s race, class, or level of education.”

“‘As kids get older—we’re talking about K-12 education — parents’ abilities to help with homework are declining,’ says Keith Robinson. ‘Even though they may be active in helping, they may either not remember the material their kids are studying now, or in some cases never learned it themselves, but they’re still offering advice.”

“‘The most consistent, positive parental involvement activity is talking to your kids about their post-high school plans, and this one stood out because it was, pretty much for every racial, ethnic and socio-economic group, positively related to a number of academic outcomes—such as attendance and marks,’ concludes Robinson. ‘What this might be hinting at is the psychological component that comes from kids internalizing your message: school is important.’”

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Read the full article at The Atlantic


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