One of the challengesthat teachers and school administrators are facing when it comes to schoolreform is the parent involvement. It is no doubt that parents become thesignificant factor in child’s success in learning. Education and lifelonglearning begin at home where parents are considered to be the first teachers oftheir children. However, when the child explores the bigger world of learningand education, parents seem to lose the connection between the child and theeducational guidance required to continuously ensure that their children learnin an environment where support is abundant.
Nowadays, the duties to guide thestudents outside their homes were vested on the educators tagged as the secondparents of the students at the school. While the claim is correct, it is muchbetter if the biological parents and the second parents take initiative toestablish a strong relationship all for the enhancement of student’sperformance on the academic stage.The Center forComprehensive School Reform and Movement (2014) states that successful parentinvolvement can be defined as the active, ongoing participation of a parent orprimary caregiver in the education of his or her child. Parents can helpdemonstrate involvement at home by reading with their children, helping withhomework, and discussing school events or at school, by attending functions orvolunteering in classrooms. Schools with active parents help those parents beengaged in different school activities, converse with them regularly and givethem the opportunity to be involved in the learning process, this way parentsare nurturing children’s education that may enhance their drive to learn.In a recent studyconducted by CCSRM, students with parents who are actively involved in theirschool activities are those students who excel academically.
Reasons such asstudents feel more confident knowing that their parents extend their support tothem in school, and students feel that they are undergoing a more personalizedway of learning with the close involvement of their parents and their teachers.With the strong relationship that they aim to establish the school and theparents, the successful parent-teacher partnership is at hand. Teachers are at theheart of this educational reform. Actively involving the parents in most of theschool activities will facilitate a positive learning environment for thestudents thus promoting family values which are typical of the Filipinoculture.Parents are the mostimportant, influential and inspiring partner in a child’s education and schoolscan reap large dividends by capitalizing on their support. As an assurance,such relationships need the full effort and support of both educators andparents.