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Social and Emotional Learning

By the Numbers: Family Participation Is a Plus

How far should parent involvement in education go?
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    Thirty-four percent of teachers believe that parents' involvement in their children's education is excellent or good, according to a survey by the Public Agenda research group.

    The feeling is reciprocal:

    • Seventy-one percent of parents wish they could do more.
    • Eighty-seven percent of public K-8 schools blame parental time constraints for the shortfall.

    But a majority of parents are not comfortable making such high-level calls. Not surprisingly, few teachers approve of parents taking these roles.

    Sources: Public Agenda; Family Involvement in Children's Education: Successful Local Approaches; National Center for Education Statistics

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