Parent Involvement Makes Schools and Parents Happy

June 9, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. infer (v.) – to form a conclusion or an opinion based on reasoning and evidence
Example:  We can infer from recent data that the country’s education system is doing well.

2. prospect (n.) – opportunity or the chance of future success
Example: Your job prospects would increase if you study hard, because companies prefer to hire the best graduates.

3. impress (v.) – to make someone to feel admiration or approval
Example: The student impressed the teacher by answering the difficult questions correctly.

4. build up (v.) – to regularly increase something
Example: They run every day in order to build up their energy for next month’s marathon.

5. heartening (adj.) – encouraging, cheering or hopeful
ExampleWithout his family’s heartening support, he would have given up his ambitions.

Read the text below.
Parents in the United Kingdom feel they are more a part of their children’s schooling than the generation of parents before them. Parents today also say students nowadays have better prospects. These conclusions were inferred from recent survey’s results.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) surveyed 1,010 parents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who have children between the ages 3 and 15.

Seventy-one percent of the parents surveyed believed they are more engaged in their kids’ education than their own parents had been when they were still in school. In addition, 93% felt welcome at schools while 89% felt they were part of the school community.

Meanwhile, 85% felt school’s teaching standards were good or outstanding. According to the poll, 86% of parents said their children read as well as they did at age 11 while 37% said their children read even better. 

Nine out of ten parents, on the other hand, were impressed by the students’ behavior. The survey showed that 77% of parents thought the school was able to build up their children’s self-confidence. Another 77% thought the school gave their children good moral guidance.

Russell Hobby, the NAHT general secretary, said the responses are heartening because they show that parents respect and trust their children’s school. More importantly, the survey reveals that parents are involved and interested in how school is developing their children’s skills, morals and character.

According to Mr. Hobby, the parents' feedback about their children’s school can really help improve the education system for students.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Do you think schools in your country do a good job in building students’ skills and character? Why or why not?
·         What do you think education systems in your country need to improve on?

Discussion B

·          In your country, how do schools ensure parents are involved in their child’s education?
·          What is the best way for parents to help their children in school?



June 9, 2012