“the most effective way of helping children from low-income households to achieve their ambitions is engaging parents in their children’s learning”

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The above quote comes from a new “meta-analysis” of scores of studies that found that parent involvement in student learning was the most effective intervention in enhancing attitudes such as:

the aspirations to do well at school and to aim for advanced education, the sense that one’s own actions can change one’s life, and the giving of value to schooling and school results, referred to as aspirations, locus of control and valuing school.

You can read another summary of the research at “Education and Ambition” over at the Freakonomics blog.

I’ve posted some specific ideas on what we can do with parents to help them reinforce those kind of “aspirations” at The Best Ideas On How Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed Academically.

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