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What should a teacher do if the parents are not motivated to help the child or...

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monique06 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM via web

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What should a teacher do if the parents are not motivated to help the child or interested in the child's learning process?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM (Answer #1)

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As a teacher, I have been in this situation far too many times. We, as teachers, find the education of students very important (given our choice of career). This said, we have a hard time when others fail to value education, especially parents.

Teachers must always remember that there is only so much they can do. This said, teachers do have complete and utter control of what students experience within the walls of a classroom. If parents are not supportive, teachers must do everything they can to insure that students recognize the value of an education.

Remember, teachers are in students lives for a minimum of 12 years, 9 months a year, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Students are in the care of teachers for a majority of their developmental lives. If teachers can impact the students, a parent's lack of involvement will not matter (it will be the student who takes responsibility for his or her education).  Although it is always wonderful to have parents involved in the learning process, this is not always the case, and teachers can only try their best.

A link to a document which speaks on improving parental engagement is provided below.

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