ERIC Number: ED457509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Recognizing and Welcoming the Standpoint of Low-Income Parents in the Public Schools.
Low income parents from diverse ethnic groups and geographical locations express their hopes to be directly related to the success their children can achieve in school. This paper considers ways in which the standpoint of low income parents might be recognized and respected in public schools. There are many obstacles that stand in the way of parental participation in schools. Many parents feel they do not know enough to help; that they are to blame for their children's problems; that they do not know how to ask the right questions; or that they are not really needed. Schools can adopt many strategies to reduce the disparity between what low income parents and middle class parents can achieve for their children. Offering childcare and transportation, providing translators, and holding evening parent-teacher meetings are just some of the ways schools can adapt. Schools administrators have the resources and power to initiate effective parent-teacher cooperation. The health and welfare of society is dependent upon understanding the barriers erected by classist bias and in finding ways to eliminate them from institutional life. (Contains 40 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (109th, San Francisco, CA, August 24-28, 2001).