The National PTA asked teachers what they wished parents would do to help their children in school. Here are their answers:
1. Be involved in your children's education. Parents' involvement helps students learn and improves schools.
2. Provide resources at home for reading and learning. Parents should have books and magazines for their children. And parents should read to or with their children each day.
3. Set a good example. Show your children you believe reading is enjoyable and useful. Don't spend all your time in front of the TV, either.
4. Encourage children to do their best in school. Show you believe that education is important and that you want your children to do the best they possibly can.
5. Emphasize academics. Too many parents get caught up in athletics and in preparing their children for the world of work. Academics should be their first concern.
6. Support school rules and goals.
7. Use pressure positively. Encourage children to do their best. But don't apply too much pressure by setting unattainable goals or by involving children in too many activities.
8. Call teachers early if there is a problem so there is still time to improve the situation. (Don't wait for teachers to call.)
9. Accept your basic responsibility as parents. Do not expect the school and teachers to take over this job.
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