I have heard much about education reform in my 15 years of teaching in a public high school. Teachers and administrators across the country are fast realizing the significance of ed reform due to changing expectations of universities, the inconstancy of the job market, the growing use of technology and how that is truly ‘shrinking’ our world, as well as many other aspects at the local level. There seems to be four key components in our schools for ed reform to grow legs and become a reality. Administrators, Teachers, Parents, and Students all have a stake in education; therefore all four interest groups must convene at the round table to develop a shared vision of local and national ed reform.
Last evening our school district hosted Parent-Teacher Conferences. I currently have 112 students enrolled in my courses. I had parents from TWO of my 112 students show up last night. Coincidentally, both are parents of A students. This is just an example of a trend of parents not being involved. I know that the timing might not be right, I know that some parents are intimidated by schools maybe because of their own experiences, and maybe it’s because they believe their high school age children are ‘old enough’ to figure it out on their own.
I know that Desiree and I are regularly in contact with our elementary aged children’s teachers…weekly. Will that change as my children grow older?
Why don’t more parents get involved in the education of their children? How can administrators and teachers persuade and welcome parents to the table to discuss positive change for ed reform? In order for our schools to create a shared vision of ed reform, we need all stakeholders be a viable part of the process. I am searching for solutions to engage parents more regularly in dialogue with administrators and teachers, to have them support the educational process, and to be a part of their child’s educational experience. Actions speak louder than words…we need to stop talking about it, roll up our sleeves, and get to work, cooperatively, with administrators, teachers, parents, and students.