Ten Things Teachers wish Parents would Do

Teachers wish parents would:

  1. Be involved in their children's' education. Family involvement helps students learn, improves schools, and makes teachers' jobs easier.

  2. Provide resources at home for reading and learning. Families should have books and magazines for their children and read to or with their children each day.

  3. Set a good example. Families should show their children that they believe reading is enjoyable and useful. They shouldn't spend all their time in front of the TV either.

  4. Encourage children to do their best in school. Families must indicate that they believe education is important and that they want their children to do the best they possibly can at school.

  5. Emphasize academics. Too many families get caught up in athletics and in preparing their children for the world of work, when academics should be their first concern.

  6. Support school rules and goals. Families should take care not to undermine school rules, discipline, or goals.

  7. Use pressure positively. Families should encourage children to do their best, but they should not apply too much pressure by setting unattainable goals or by involving them in too many activities.

  8. Call teachers early if there is a problem (not wait for teachers to call them), so there is still time to improve the situation.

  9. Accept their responsibility as parents and not expect the school and teachers to take over this job. For example, families should make it their responsibility to teach children basic discipline at home rather than leave this task to teachers.

  10. View drinking by underage youth and excessive partying as a serious matter, not a joke. Drinking, partying, and staying out late take a toll on students' classroom performance. While families are concerned about drug abuse, many fail to recognize that alcohol is the drug most frequently abused by youngsters as well as adults.

Excerpted from The National PTA Talks to Parents: How to Get the Best Education for Your Child, copyright ? 1989 by the National PTA. Permission to reprint has been granted by National PTA.