Explanation of Problem
Parents usually become involved in their own children’s education mainly through supervising them do their homework. Some commentators argue that the parent may use homework as the key tool to comprehend on various issues such as the child’s learning progress, teacher’s ability to teach the child and parents-teachers meeting proceedings. Most parents, who involve themselves in their children’s education, believe they have a right to be involved in such activities since (McIver and Ruth Stevenson 100). Some studies have revealed that some parents do not involve themselves in any of their children’s education activities due to attitude and tension, which exist between them and the teacher or vice versa. It is also obvious that many parents usually neglect the literacy processes of their kids, which makes many teachers very frustrated at them for avoiding such an important task.
Effects of family diversity
Parents involvement in their children’s education progress is consistently cited a very vital correlate of an effective school. Studies on parental and family diversity involvement have concluded that parents can always do much in order to reinforce a positive thinking and attitude towards education. Research also revealed that parents also play a vital role in preparing their kids for school as well as supporting children and their entire efforts once they are enrolled in schools. However, these studies also concluded that not all parents portray the same level of involvement in home-school collaborations. Despite the fact that there are numerous efforts to support and boost participation of both culturally and linguistically diverse family, there is a lack of substantial systematic efforts to entail parents effectively.
Vast social and cultural differences among the teachers
Commentators argue that social and cultural diversity among teachers in the school usually affects children or students’ performance (Lueder 500). Conclusions are drawn that the increasing number of children raised in poverty has severely contributed to the transformation of many nations’ classrooms diversity. Due to such incident, teaching and learning are made more problematic and challenging. However, some studies have revealed that the issue can be more of challenge than a problem if only the focus is shifted to the student learning than teaching. Many teachers are usually affected by the vast changing social and cultural diversity, hence planning as well as preparation are made critical. This is because the content should be related with the varying ways affecting such changes; therefore, need to meet the students demand.
Challenges that teachers face by involving parents in their children’s education
There are various reasons as to why involving parents into their children’s education may affect the teachers’ performance (Williams 170). For instance, some researchers have concluded that cultural diversity, social status and also parents cooperation. Some teachers usually have a bad attitude towards parents’ participation in their children’s education. Additionally, some parents may express or even show a bad attitude towards certain teachers, which may affect their kids’ performance.
Effects of lack of knowledge
Commentators argue that some parents may lack the knowledge to understand the importance of education to their children. For instance, those parents that never had the opportunity to undergo through schools may not see the importance of involving themselves in their children’s education. Most people, who lack educational knowledge may also hinder or create barriers, which might affect their children’s school lives in future.
Respect by teachers on ethnicity and cultures
Studies also unveiled that some teachers usually have no respect towards some cultural diversification as well as ethnicity status of their students. This may affect the involvement of parents in their children’s education (Carroll 98). Moreover, the habit may affect the children’s learning activities. Studies reveal that it is the role of the parent to participate into such progress. However, if the teacher shows or expresses his or her hatred towards certain students due to their culture or ethnicity, commentators claim that the behavior may create a negative impact between the children and their teachers as well as the parent. In circumstances where the teacher respects and even appreciates his or her students’ cultures and even ethnicity, student-teacher relationship will be strengthened effectively. In addition, most students are most likely to cooperate with both their parents and teachers. Therefore, it is the role of the teacher to provide the student with knowledge without discrimination.
Carroll, Janell L. Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth CENGAGE Learning, 2010. Print.
Lueder, Donald C. Involving Hard-to-Reach Parents: Creating Family/school Partnerships. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2011. Print.
McIver, Bruce, and Ruth Stevenson. Teaching with Shakespeare: Critics in the Classroom. Newark: University of Delaware press, 1994. Print.
Williams, Doris K. Handbook for Involving Parents in Education. Atlanta, Ga: Humanics Ltd, 1985. Print.