Harnessing the Power of the Parent

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After many years of extensive research, it has been proven an essential point that affects a child’s learning and performance in an Indian high School is how engaged parents are in their education. If the parents and teachers have a healthy collaborative relationship, the child’s output in an Indian High School is automatically better, whether academically or even socially.

Parents are essentially the first teachers in a child’s life. Hence they have a certain command over them. They are, in many ways, a role model to how a child views and perceives education and also the world at large. The moment children are born, they pick up habits and attributes as shown and taught to them by their parents. Hence parents play a huge role in guiding a child through their growing years. They shape the basic emotional, social and intelligence of a child from the beginning. 

So to make the teaching process more efficient and constructive, an Indian High School needs to involve parents as much as possible. 

But certain barriers pose a problem in this collaboration.

From the parents’ point of view – 

Time is a problem for many parents. Most are involved in jobs that mostly have inflexible or long work hours. Hence they are reluctant to put much effort into the teaching process. Many parents are also such who have not had good experiences in their own school days and hence prefer to stay away from the process.

From the teachers’ point of view – 

Overprotective parents often make teachers wear out and also feel unsupported. Such parents try to control every aspect of their child from their friends to going out of their way to avoid mistakes. They especially get agitated if the teacher ever says ‘no’ to their children. There is an acute shortage of time and resources available for teachers. Also, ever-increasing expectations from school have put severe pressure on teachers. In such circumstances expecting teachers to collaborate with parents is not worth the teachers’ time.

In such cases, there is often mistrust between the teachers and parents, which will only widen the chasm that is to be overcome for successful collaboration in an Indian High School.

Now the question that comes to one’s mind is how do we negate such barriers and promote a healthy parent-teacher collaborative process in children’s education. Here are certain ways that the collaborative process can pick up some steam.

First, a message needs to be sent out that neither party is guilty of the lack of communication and collaboration. The problem is simply the way they both are working together. The thing to take note of is that teachers are experts at education and its process while the parents are the experts in understanding their kids. So if two such capable individuals team up, then the child’s learning ability and social capabilities can be taken to new heights.

Use of behavioural scientists – 

Such individuals with the help of a tool called data analytics will be able to provide useful ways as to how teachers and parents can collaborate better based on the individual interests and personalities of the children. It would eliminate the need for heavy-handed methods to get children to learn. 

Many experiments prove such methods suggested by behavioural scientists work. 

  • A study was conducted that showed that parents who received timely information from the school regarding their wards’ studies, exams, assignments helped in improving the children’s academics considerably. Being aware of the work assigned to the children, the parents can take an active part in their education and help them out wherever they can. For example, if a parent is aware that their child has an upcoming exam, then they can offer to help them with that. This opens opportunities for bonding through studies. Studies show that the children whose parents are aware of their child’s learning outperformed those whose parents are not aware of such things. Therefore a simple text message from the school is helpful in increasing the child’s capability.

Further, many studies show such collaborative processes greatly benefit children’s performances.

Hence as can be seen getting parents involved in their children’s education can only prove to be beneficial for the kids. Steps should be taken so that the parent-teacher collaboration increases in any Indian high school as it can only improve the child’s quality of learning.

 

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