ERIC Number: ED241172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Focus for Educational Reform: Building a Home-School Infrastructure.
The lack of an operational linkage between the educational forces of school, home, and community is a major part of the crisis in the schools today. To reach the widest number of children in the earlier school years, it is vital for schools to connect with the home. An ideal time to begin a coordinated, concerted national effort linking the resources of the home and school is now. Even though the family has changed, parents continue to want to help their children. To help parents do so, schools must find ways to provide information and materials, increase parents' awareness of their importance as "educators," and offer a variety of programs for families to use with children at home. The following recommendations can serve as criteria for developing school programs: (1) link the involvement of parents directly to the achievement of their children; (2) provide opportunities for families to supplement and reinforce children's academic skills at home; (3) initiate local, state, and/or national efforts to expand educational partnership; and (4) provide involvement opportunities at all levels of schooling for as many persons as possible. To assure acceptance and continuation of linking programs, parent/community involvement must be viewed as a legitimate activity of schools and as an integral part of its delivery of services. (BJD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Home and School Inst., Washington, DC.