Schools, Home & Family
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- Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2002 16:45:50 -0800
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Re: the "49% effect of Home & Family on student performance"
Although our children's teachers do not come home with them after school,
the quality of the educational experience provided by our school district
clearly has direct and indirect impacts on home life. Two examples from my
own experience come immediately to mind:
(1) Parenting classes
Almost nine years ago, my wife and I took an evening parenting series
sponsored by McDonald Elementary and led by Donna Ham, one of the
counselors. I can honestly say it is still having a significant influence
on our parenting. Recently, I was reading about what the latest research
shows in terms of parenting styles and the effect on home life and was
pleased to see that many things we learned from the class are substantiated
by the studies.
(2) Jr. High Family Nights
The Jr. High puts on four Family Nights a year in which the whole family is
invited and we typically have 100 people attend (40 parents, 40 teens and
20 younger children). While teens and younger kids are doing other
activities, parents participate in a program focused on a topic usually
related to parenting skills, such as communicating with your teen, teen
dating, peer pressure, and teenage motivation. The parents are guided by a
local expert, usually a family counselor or a specialist in child
development, and have an opportunity to network with other parents on
issues of common concern.
These are just two ways our school system affects our community in positive
ways that go beyond the classroom. You can probably think of many
more. We are lucky to have public schools which support the whole family.
Our schools are deserving of our support. If you agree, please demonstrate
that support by coming out to vote on April 23.
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