Eye on Education

Is Parental Involvement Overrated?

After analyzing American family data, two college professors are going against a popular educational viewpoint: they say that parental involvement is overrated.

“There were more instances in which children had higher levels of achievement when their parents were less involved than there were among those whose parents were more involved,” Keith Robinson and Angel Harris wrote in a recent op-ed piece in The New York Times.

For more on the topic, tune in to WCPN’s daily-call in show The Sound of Ideas at 9 a.m. Monday.

Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.” But evidence from our research suggests otherwise. In fact, most forms of parental involvement, like observing a child’s class, contacting a school about a child’s behavior, helping to decide a child’s high school courses, or helping a child with homework, do not improve student achievement.

Read more at: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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