MALE INVOLVEMENT There is a growing amount of data that documents the need for more fathers' inter-action in the lives of their children. Male involvement directly impacts the educational stability of children and enhances their personal growth and development during various stages of their lives. Key findings published in a report issued by the National Center for Education Statistics, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, US Department of Education in 1997 included:
- Children do better in school when their fathers are involved, regardless of whether their fathers live with them and whether their mothers are also involved.
- Children are more likely to get mostly A's, and less likely to repeat a
grade, if their fathers are involved in their schools.
- Many fathers in two-parent families as well as fathers not living with
their children have low involvement.
- Single fathers are far more likely to be involved in their children's
schools than fathers in two-parent families.
- The relationship between fathers' involvement and children's success in school are important regardless of income, race-ethnicity, or parental
The report defined
- Low involvement as participation in none or only one activity;
- Moderate involvement as participation in two activities; and
- High involvement as participation in three or four activities.
The primary activities listed for involvement were attending a general school meeting, a parent-teacher conference, a school or class event and volunteering at school.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS A KEY ELEMENT TO THE SUCCESS OF YOUR CHILD IN AND OUT OF SCHOOL.
BECOME AN INVOLVED PARENT BY
- Offering words of encouragement to your child;
- Reviewing the report card and/or progress report with your child;
- Attending school activities;
- Volunteering to chaperon a school field trip;
- Attending a parent-teacher conference;
- Visiting a local museum with your child;
- Visiting the local library with your child on a regular basis;
- Monitoring homework;
- Getting to know the school staff that work with your child; and
- Joining the school PTA or Home School Association.
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