Parents play a huge role in their child's education, although it seems obviously to say. I would argue that in the secondary school setting most of their influence is felt in their attitude towards education and school. It still holds a lot of truth while the following quote from "The Teacher and the School" published in 1910 might be dated in some way, it still holds a lot of truth. In case he parents of any community are indifferent to the best interests and the proper training of their children, if they elect unfit men as school officers, if they permit petty quarrels and jealousies to interfere with the administration of the school, if they try to run the schools on the cheapest basis, if they encourage tardiness, irregular attendance, and insubordination in their children, then the schools of the community may be little better than training places in shiftless habits, incompetence, disregard for the law, and even positive immorality. It's not so much about parents understanding the material and helping students when they have difficulties that is of utmost importance. Instead, it is the way that parents talk about school and education, in other words.

 

Parents and education

The school, and learning in general, then students will have a greater chance of success in case they make comments that support the teacher. Of course there is a lot more to student success than this. To give their children the greatest chance, they have to have an attitude that learning and school is a good and positive thing, however. Parents and family can hinder their child's education by both overt and subtle means. Many times in my life I've overheard parents talk to their children about their school or their teacher in terms that would make anyone lose respect for it. Also there are many subtle ways that parents hinder education. If they allow students to complain without trying to show them the positives of education. If they allow their child to blame their actions on their teachers. Actually simply supporting their child without learning all the facts and accusing the teachers of wrongdoing can cause students to lose respect for the school. Because there are, this does not mean that there are not bad teachers. A situation like I experienced in my first year is what I am talking about. I had a student call me a bi@*$ in the middle of class. This was the first time I'd ever had a student be so belligerent. I wrote a discipline referral for a student. Later, that afternoon I received a phone call from the girl's mother. Her first comment was, "What did you do to MAKE my daughter call you a bi@*&?" What is that teaching the student. tudents can help education by being supportive of education in general. Sure kids will complain. Parents can listen, but they should refrain from joining in with the complaints. All children, even the most honest, might lie or at the very least stretch the truth to some extent.