ERIC Number: ED317860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Myth #6: Schools Know How To Work With Parents.
Literacy Beat, v2 n5 Jul 1988
Efforts to solve intergenerational literacy must focus on the family as a unit. However, schools traditionally have a poor track record in dealing with minority/disadvantaged students and involving their parents. Studies have demonstrated the importance of family/community influence on children as well as the cultural and linguistic insensitivity of school strategies. The structure of parent-school cooperation must be changed in order to use school resources to help parents become more literate and in turn help their children. The new Even Start federal program is one initiative toward this goal. Other successful programs such as Parents as Teachers (Missouri), the Family Matters program (Cornell University), and New York City's Project Prepare demonstrate the importance of giving parents a voice in school governance, thereby empowering them to break the illiteracy cycle. (Five "ideas to explore" are suggested and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of six resources are given.) (CML)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Functional Literacy, Intergenerational Programs, Literacy Education, Parent Participation, Poverty, Success
Education Writers Association, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.; Education Writers Association, Washington, DC.