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Old 04-26-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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One popular statistic people bring up in education is the lack of results in our education system despite throwing money on it.

I'd like to remind you of a proverb:

Time is money.

Throwing money at education seems inefficient to me, compared to time. By time I mean the parents involvement in education. If parents were more involved in the studies of their child and help them learn, we'd have a better educated population.

With that said, I wonder what's the correlation between the time parents spent going over the homework of their children and test grades...
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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One popular statistic people bring up in education is the lack of results in our education system despite throwing money on it.

I'd like to remind you of a proverb:

Time is money.

Throwing money at education seems inefficient to me, compared to time. By time I mean the parents involvement in education. If parents were more involved in the studies of their child and help them learn, we'd have a better educated population.

With that said, I wonder what's the correlation between the time parents spent going over the homework of their children and test grades...
When my children were in school, I considered learning to be their job. I provided help when asked and an environment suitable for doing homework. I went to P/T conferences. Even though I found them to be a complete waste of time. My children did well in school and didn't have ongoing discipline issues.

I think the best way to raise test scores is to hold students and their parents accountable. I don't know how to go about this.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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One popular statistic people bring up in education is the lack of results in our education system despite throwing money on it.

I'd like to remind you of a proverb:

Time is money.

Throwing money at education seems inefficient to me, compared to time. By time I mean the parents involvement in education. If parents were more involved in the studies of their child and help them learn, we'd have a better educated population.

With that said, I wonder what's the correlation between the time parents spent going over the homework of their children and test grades...
I don't think you can find a lot of data on this. How does one go about collecting accurate data on parental time spent going over homework?

I think the issue with "parental involvement" in education isn't really about parents hovering over their kids. It is really about setting expectations from an early age that school is important. A child needs to know that it matters to their parents. Most kids, at least when young, try to do what their parents want them to do. Parents advise/correct when necessary.

My three kids all did very well in K-12 school. I helped with homework occasionally. I was probably most useful on science. But I never made my kids sit down and do their homework while I watched. I didn't check it before they turned it in unless they asked me.

My kids also learned early on that we expected them to do well in school. They were advised that school performance would impact their life as adults and the opportunities they had.
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