A substantial amount of evidence suggests that children whose parents are involved in their academic achievements are more likely to be higher-achieving students than those whose parents are not involved in their academic lives. Parental involvement in their children's school achievements is also a protective factor, decreasing the likelihood that these children will use drugs, be suspended from school or engage in violent behavior, according to research compiled by Michigan's Department of Education.
Increased Achievement Outcomes
According to research compiled by the Michigan Department of Education, parental involvement in the academic achievements of their children increases achievement levels. This research suggests that parents' expectations of their child's academic achievement, a structured household, and a shared respect and appreciation for learning all contribute to positive achievement outcomes in children. Additional research from the University of New Hampshire, as reported by Science Daily, suggests that it is more costly for schools to provide resources to increase students' academic achievements than it is for parents to be more involved at home.
Parents' involvement in and acknowledgement of their children's achievements conveys the message that those accomplishments matter, which positively affects a child's sense of self-worth. A nonprofit, academic improvement initiative in New Mexico known as Parents Reaching Out adds that parents' self-esteem is also increased as they become more involved in the academic achievements of their children.
Better Behavioral Outcomes
Elementary school students whose parents were actively involved in their children's educational lives had fewer behavioral issues in school, according to research compiled by mental health worker at the therapist directory Good Therapy. This research also suggests that parental involvement increases students' enjoyment in academic activities, too, which can contribute to better behavioral outcomes. Students might also be inclined to display better behavior if they know their parents will visit the school if they are any behavioral concerns.
Children whose parents are involved in their academic achievements have better health as adults, are more likely to receive post-secondary education and will likely be better parents than others whose parents were not involved in their achievements, according to Parental Rights, an organization that advocates for the constitutional protection of parents' rights. Parents who are involved in their children's academic achievements model this behavior for their children, which teaches them to value education, which can ultimately influence these children to demonstrate this behavior as parents.
- Science Daily: Parental Involvement Strongly Impacts Student Achievement
- Michigan Department of Education: What Research Says About Parent Involvement in Children's Education: In Relation To Academic Achievement
- New York Times: Opinion: Raising Successful Children
- Parents Reaching Out: Did You Know?: What No Child Left Behind Says About Student Success and Parent Involvement
- Good Therapy: Behavior in Elementary School Children Influenced by Parental Involvement
- Parental Rights: The Vital Child-Parent Relationship
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