ERIC Number: ED284095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Dropout Dilemma: Parenting in a Preventive Mode.
Dixon, John Ross
Research has clearly shown a persistent and significant relationship between self-concept and academic achievement. A child's self-concept affects not only academic achievement and school performance, but personal and social adjustment and career development as well. Parent attitudes in the family environment, teacher attitudes in the school environment, and peer attitudes in the community environment all work together to form the child's self-concept and to influence his achievement. There are several ways to improve the quality of these three environments. In a quality family environment, the family is deeply involved in learning, psychologically close, and oriented toward the neighborhood and community. The children are able to govern themselves and solve problems with little parental intervention. Family conversations are clear and spontaneous, generally constructive, and have little distortion in them. Parents hear and encourage expressions of differences of opinion. While family members gain increasing independence with age, both parents remain active participants in family affairs. The school environment can also be improved. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Cultural Institute has a 16-point program objectives list to enhance the school self-image of each child. In the community, school, or home, children learn success through contact with successful people, through identifying with excellence, through positive feedback and through warm and accepting relationships with others. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual In-Service Training Conference (13th, Cleveland, OH, November 12-15, 1986).