Not going to a top-of-the-line school isn't an excuse not to learn. Make sure your children achieve a quality education, even in a mediocre environment.
- Step 1: Monitor and check their work nightly. Along with ensuring the child's safety and supplying school materials, constant urging will yield better school and study habits.
- TIP: Don't expect teachers to be parents. Behavior modification is your department.
- Step 2: Join a parent advisory board or school council to involve yourself in forums for parents, teachers, the community, and administrators. Get active in special events and fund-raising. You're modeling commitment that your child can emulate in all they do.
- FACT: Though the number of foreign students attending American schools continued rising in 2010, the U.S. share compared to other countries fell to just 18.7 percent, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
- Step 3: Ask your child about school, and learn their views regarding their own strengths and weaknesses. Even if they're right about the school's quality, how they manage their own education is the issue.
- TIP: Many parents let their children off the hook when it comes to thinking independently. A lack of personal responsibility impedes growth.
- TIP: Volunteer to get added insight into classroom dynamics. It also will convey to your kid how much you care.
- Step 4: Teach your child to cope and assert themselves. Practice with them to communicate with the teacher, using "I" sentences, like, "When the class is loud, I can't concentrate."
- Step 5: Insist on attendance and a good attitude, from which good behavior and class participation flow. Let the child know that they can ask questions if they're confused, but guide them to figure out their own answers instead of doing the work for them.
- Step 6: Let your child's teacher know that you want a strong partnership. Make yourself easy to reach and take responsibility for your child's education, which will be anything but mediocre as a result of your involvement.