NEA Today had an excellent article on the now infamous “Broken Compass” book questioning the value of parent involvement.
It quotes Anne Henderson, probably THE parent engagement/involvement expert in the United States.
Here’s a portion of what she had to say:
Anne T. Henderson, a senior consultant at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and a leading expert on the relationship between families and schools, agrees and says Robinson and Harris draw upon a limited body of federal survey data to cobble together some rather expansive and faulty conclusions.
While she sees some value in pointing out some of the drawbacks of “garden variety” forms of parental engagement, Henderson cites numerous weaknesses in Robinson’s and Harris’ work, including the absence of any new data collected by the authors, the lack of proper context to a lot of the data (especially around the information provided by parents about their school-related activities) and the obviously flawed use of student test scores as the only measure of success.
Henderson also points out that much of Robinson’s and Harris’ works fails to take into account that correlation does not equal causation.
“What very well may be happening is that parents of kids who are struggling are the parents who are trying to help their kids with homework,” Henderson explains. “So it’s not necessarily the case that the parents’ help is causing the kids to do worse, it’s the fact that the kids are doing poorly that has triggered the parents to help.”
I’m adding this info to The Best Commentaries On The “Broken Compass” Parent Involvement Book.