ERIC Number: ED228372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
"You Don't Have to Be a Star..." The Natural Role of Parents as Teachers. Draft. [Documentation and Technical Assistance in Urban Schools].
Boyd, Carl R.
This document examines the role that parents (especially blacks) can play in improving the quality of their children's education. The ideas are discussed from the viewpoint and experiences of a technical assistance specialist of the Documentation and Technical Assistance Project (DTA), who was primarily involved in encouraging parental participation in the Chicago public schools. The first part of the paper presents a speech in which the author, speaking at a Parent Council meeting in Chicago's District 21, explores how black parents can reinforce their children's learning at home and be more than marginally involved in school academic and non-academic activities. The second part discusses the influences of both black and majority cultures on the education and achievement of blacks; stresses the need for parents to assert themselves in helping to solve educational problems; identifies types of parental experiences that have implications for children's education; and outlines roles that parents can play in school improvement, including serving as tutors and classroom assistants, locating resources for the classroom and for special programs, conducting neighborhood field trips, and developing parent group networks. (MJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. School Capacity for Problem Solving Group.
Authoring Institution: Center for New Schools, Inc., Chicago, IL.