U.S. News and World Report recently published an article by Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Hess explains that in his opinion, education needs to be a collaborative effort between teachers and parents.
Hess makes it very clear that he does not intend to let teachers and schools off the hook or to judge or critique parents, who are often overworked and overburdened. However, he says that while, as a society, we think it’s great when parents make their kids do their homework and respect their teachers, we’re often afraid to encourage parents to do these things or even discuss the concept. This pushes the delicate balance between families and schools too far to one extreme. Hess suggests that while it’s okay to call schools and educators to account, we need to do so for parents, as well.
At Elevate Teachers, we’re always happy to see people pointing out that teachers aren’t the only factor influencing the quality of education. We hope to see both teachers and parents getting involved in students’ development.
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