The important role of parents in school success

In what ways are parents the answer and in what ways are parents the problem? I’m talking about the role parents do or could play in getting (or impeding) better schooling outcomes for children, especially kids who are most likely to end up at the sad end of all those achievement gaps.

My formerly idealistic self paid less attention to parents and focused on what schools might do. A lot of that person still survives. But my less idealistic current self — influenced by all the school reforms that haven’t moved the needle — is focused more on parents.

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