If a child is given love, he becomes loving … If he’s helped when he needs help, he becomes helpful. And if he has been truly valued at home … he grows up secure enough to look beyond himself to the welfare of others.
-Dr. Joyce Brothers
The place that a family has within the education of a child is a subject that I take very personally. Throughout my life I have watched my friends from families that experienced divorce and friends who had no parents struggle within the academic realm. Now let me be clear that I am not saying that this was entirely because of their family status. However, it was very clear to me that I, coming from a home with both parents who also cared very much about my academic achievement, had some advantages https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2853053/. I was able to seek them out as a source of moral support as well as a form of structure in my life.They pushed me to complete my homework, encouraged me to pursue what I was good at, even helped me to figure out what those things even were.
Throughout the course of this blog series my goal is to investigate research regarding the impact of parent involvement upon education so that we may see a quantifiable connection between the two. The topics that I hope to cover are the criteria that constitute parental involvement, what factors of parenting affect the child most significantly, and how this information can be used in context of other issues such as the gap in achievement between some racial groups as well as the discussion of gender and education, which has been a hotly debated topic especially within North Carolina. This information could be crucial in taking steps towards reform in the pursuit of a well educated state, and country as a whole.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.