ERIC Number: ED358918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Parent Involvement Model for Our Changing Society.
Wagonseller, Bill R.
Child rearing is a difficult task in the 1990s. Among U.S. youth today there exists an alarmingly high prevalence of learning, emotional/behavioral, or developmental problems, most of which can be directly traced to the disintegration of family stability. Yet, despite the difficulties of parenting, few people have actually been trained to be parents or to become involved in their children's education. To address these problems, each community needs to develop a comprehensive parent involvement model. A community parent involvement model would include the following elements: (1) training parent trainers to conduct parenting classes in every school; (2) changing the focus of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to parent-teacher administration; (3) developing at each school a parent education program for expectant parents and parents of very young children; (4) developing a parent education program for parents of elementary age children; (5) developing parent training programs for parents of children with special needs, including children with disabilities and children who are gifted; (6) offering parent training programs in a variety of workplace settings; (7) developing monthly PTA workshops on topics of interest to parents, such as those in the Practical Parenting Series; (8) creating a family lifestyle class for high school students; (9) offering, through local churches, specific training in developmental, emotional, physical, and social skills; and (10) funding preventive-type parenting programs adequately, so that local school districts can write grants for the development and operation of a parent education program. The time has come for society to help find a solution to the parenting problem. (MM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada Univ., Las Vegas. Parent Family Wellness Center.