ERIC Number: ED376264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Test Scores, School Performance and Parenting Issues: Assuring Academic Achievement. The Connection between Family Life and School Achievement: Given a Supportive Family, Black Children Can Succeed.
Williams, Wanda A.
Two things in particular could change the status of students of color in our elementary and secondary education system and make improved academic achievement possible. One is providing role models that students can relate to in the classrooms, and the other is getting families involved in their children's education. A study on family life and school achievement by Reginald M. Clark argues that the family's main contribution to the child's success in school is made through the parent-child relationship. The overall quality of a family's lifestyle is the determinant of whether children come prepared for academic performance. Children who know what is expected of them and who experience the intergenerational transmission of behavior patterns that emphasize education perform better in school. Parents must be interested in their children's activities. They must have and communicate high expectations for school and home performance. Disadvantaged circumstances must not be used as excuses for failing to support children or grandchildren, because parent involvement is the key to academic and social success. Contains an annotated bibliography of four items and two references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute (Seattle, WA, October 6-8, 1994).