“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
As an educational psychologist I was invited to a school meeting with teachers and parents to discuss how they both can collaborate in assisting the student of the school to be more productive. Further objectives of the meeting was to have the parents take a more active role in the lives of their children. And, to provide appropriate models for children to follow.
I thought that this was quite a wonderful initiative by the school. As sometimes, what can happen, is that fingers are pointed at each other. Why? Each viewing the other as solely responsible for preparing the child for education. It plays itself out like this. On the one hand, the view of parent may be, ‘the child was sent to school to learn, therefore it is the teacher’s responsibility to make this happen’. On the other hand, the teacher may express the view that ‘the parent needs to prepare the mind of the child to want to accept what is being taught—after all, they are the first institution the child is exposed too.
When parents encourage or assisted children by means of supporting or mirroring strategies used in school, the child experiences continuity.
Parents who offer the necessary support to their child, are able to see the child’s true potential shine. This is evident, as your child grades will significantly improve, their behavior and attitude towards learning will become more positive and they will grow to be more productive citizens in society.