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The U. S. Department of Education released its long-awaited document describing how states, districts, and schools are supposed to carry out the parental-involvement provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. It seems to place parents in the role of curriculum policy makers and consultants, co-teachers, and teachers' aides.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count surveys and related studies of child outcomes suggest parents' top priority should be attending to basic parenting responsibilties.

Parents spend less time than ever with their children. How much of that time should be focused on academics? And what exactly can parents do that would best support their children's academic development?

There are some necessary aspects of parenting that, if not done, will make the academic-support activities recommended by federal officials ineffective or unrealistic, especially for families in urban, high-risk communities.

For parents with the least time, energy, and resources to parent effectively, schools should be a support in fulfilling their primary role.


— Frosty Troy
The Oklahoma Observer


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