Parent Involvement, key to student’s education

Lydia Duarte and Ashley Morales

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Parent liaison Joshua Galvan welcoming parents to Morton East for a coffee talk

Lack of parent involvement may influence students to be less involved with their education. 

Although many would say parent involvement doesn’t affect a student’s education because it is one’s choice whether the students want to succeed or not; others can argue that parents’ involvement in education is crucial, when parents are involved in school, the performance of all the children at school, not just their own, tends to improve.  It is proven that if parents are involved in their child’s educations from an early age it is most likely that the child themselves will reach high expectations and be a social person. In a random survey of 150 Morton East students, 126 students reported that lack of parent involvement may influence students to be less involved with their education, 14 said it doesn’t. 

“It most definitely does. Mostly because if parents don’t care about the student’s education, then the kid or the student themselves don’t care about it as well. The students know that if they fail a subject or just don’t do well in school overall, their parents won’t lecture them. Meaning they are going to keep slacking off and could affect their future in a way,” parent Rita Hernandez said. 

Many also think that if young students aren’t active during high school and onward it could affect their relationships with future colleagues  

“I honestly think it does matter, because there’s really not that support one gets from a parent when they are present and that could really cut the students motivation down; causing them to not do the best that they could in school and while this isn’t always the case a majority of teens are still in school and haven’t dropped out is because of the parents motivation and support,” Senior Ricky Gudino Said. 

The more partial and well planned the partnership between the school and home, the higher the student achievement. —

“I do somewhat believe if the kid doesn’t have anything motivating them — like maybe a parent who should most likely be a role model at some point — I do believe it could make kids less involved in their education, and not just that, but their social interactions with people. I do know some kids at my school who always slack off and don’t show up to school up to even a week because their parents don’t have any idea how they’re doing in school or they do know but just don’t care at all. The people I know that are outgoing and intelligent are like that because their parents were always active with their school,” senior Jalieea Woods from RCP said.  

Lack of parent involvement may affect the child in a negative up to the point of not wanting to go to school and possibly drop out.  

“Well, from my experience I know that when I was little, all my mother would do was push me to do my best because it would make me better at paying attention in school. But as I got older, she became less interested in helping push myself more or less demanded that I get things right. And whenever I would get a bad grade, it was like the world ended, so as time went on, I wouldn’t really care about my grades until I felt like doing something myself for a change,” senior Yesenia R. Severiano Said

A lot of students can agree that their parents started off caring and slowly forgot. Most just wanted to keep having that support. 

“Yes! parent involvement makes a difference in a child’s life and education. I think my parents shaped me to be the student I am today because they helped guide me to graduate, not be a dropout, and want me to be something in my life. But I can say I wish they were more involved in my education because if they were a little more involved and had me do my homework, I wouldn’t have slacked off as much and end up being in night school. In a way, I wanted to be encouraged to persuade more activities and get better grades. As I grew up my parents weren’t showing much interest in my grades, mostly because I didn’t really like to do homework and as long as I pass the class it was alright with them, but since sophomore year, I started doing better and actually care about my grades. Since my parents don’t always ask about how I’m doing at school, I end up telling them because I want them to know I work hard to get good grades and be a good student. I sometimes had to act like a parent for some of my friends so they can feel encouraged and finish their education strong,” senior Joshua Molina Said

This topic was in a way eye-opening to some students. Many at first were going to respond saying that parent’s involvement doesn’t really have anything to do with how they turned out as students, but many were realizing that still, as young adults we need someone or something to motivate us and many wishes that were their parents. Many believe that not everyone needs their parents to do well in school and it’s just an excuse, but it is most of the case, students just want to make someone proud but sometimes don’t have the motivation they need.

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