This article applies to private and public schools. As someone said to me once, “I can’t love my child more than you love your child”. Parents have to get involved with their children academics irregardless of the age of their children and to work with the teachers.
Jack Meijer, a consultant counselor assisting elementary student councils and middle student councils and other school council associations excel in their duties, points out that parents tend to spend 10-12 hours outside home and hardly get to spend quality time with their children. If this is the situation at home it gets worse when it comes to school.
Most working parents are oblivious to activities at school because they are so caught up in trying to earn a living to pay the bills every month, hence their involvement with the academics and co curricular activities of their children is going to be very limited. I personally believe that parents’ involvement with the child is crucial to the child’s overall development and they should get involved in Parent Teacher Associations. But teachers also have to be interested in being present at the PTA meetings and to play their part in the process.
The school board should not use a PTA as a means to raise funds or just manage major activities put on by the school alone. This defeats the purpose of the PTA and turns hard working parents on the PTA Committee into money collectors.
Parents do come up with good suggestions that can be considered by the school authorities and the suggestions should be acknowledged and implemented. This will encourage parents to come to meetings and to actively take part because they are being heard by the authorities.
Associations can work on giving parents the tools on how to help their children excel at school by organizing seminars, lectures, and competitions on a day that is convenient to parents. The students (the most important people) will benefit most because they will perceive the PTA as extended support both at home and at school.
The PTA should be seen as the building blocks of a child’s overall development. The Association should promote organized monitoring of the child’s activities at school and at home, which may otherwise get neglected. With the percentage of working parents steadily increasing, it is important for all schools to have parent teacher associations.