Parents Decide: Parental Involvement in School





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Published on May 14, 2011

Different types of parents, from "helicopter" to "hands-off", will naturally want different relationships with their child's education. Some do not want to be involved at all, or may be willing to be involved only in non-academic activities. Others may want to provide closer leadership or may want to be highly involved at home. And a few parents might actually be more comfortable in a co-teaching or co-learning type of school.

No single, one-size fits-few school can meet this range of parent preference. Forcing all families into a one-size, fits-few arrangement will cause unnecessary political battles as each type of parent lobbies for their preferred relationship with the school. The school will not be able to focus their resources to satisfy well one target customer, but instead will dissatisfy almost everyone.

Only different schools -- often utilizing quite different techniques, types of teachers, and curricula to coherently satisfy a particular need -- could provide the different relationships desired by different families.

Better matching the learning preferences of the home, and the interaction preferences of the teachers, is yet another reason that we should break up the government monopoly over schools.

In the not-too-distant future, parents will choose from amongst a wide range of traditional, alternative, virtual, and cooperative schools. Each school will be organized quite differently, in order to best satisfy the needs of different types of families. Parents will be able to easily find schools that much better match their child, their family, their goals, their dreams, their values, their schedules, and their preferences. The money will go to the school that the parent chooses; parents -- rich and poor -- will pay for, and send their child to, only schools that the parent believes serves their child best. Schools that do not serve parents will quickly go out of business and will be replaced by new, innovative offerings that teachers create to better serve every type of child.

Parents Decide, is an unapologetic voice demanding the parent's right to guide his own child's education.

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