On Tuesday night’s address to Congress, President Obama used the opportunity to hammer home a theme that was prominent in his campaign: Parent involvement in education. Here’s what he said during the speech:
“In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent, for a mother or father who will attend those parent-teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child. I speak to you not just as a president, but as a father, when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That's an American issue.” [link]
The GreatSchools team is thrilled with this type of message to the American people coming from our new president. After all, an involved parent is the leading indicator of a child’s success in school — above any other element — and it is clear that improving education is a shared responsibility among government, schools, teachers, kids and parents.
Do you think that President Obama is addressing the right themes with respect to overhauling our educational system? I’m interested to hear from you.