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Posted on October 16, 2015 2:39 pm
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jyteXa
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Parents who do not value education.
In my three years of teaching, I can honestly say that I have had more parent conferences without the parent than I have had with the parent. It is very sad. I cannot imagine how it makes the child feel that their parent did not care enough to come. There are several students who will admit that they do not care about school, and it is not important. These students apparently do not value education because their parents do not value it in the home. The do not stress the importance of school at home. What can we do to encourage parents to encourage their kids.
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 18, 2015 3:51 am

vaHame
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One possible way is to have more parent events after hours at school. Make them be reasons for parents to actually come. For example, have door prizes. Incentives work on anyone! Also, once there, give them ideas on how to help their children at home. I know in my district, many students live with grandparents that are unable to read. Find out if this is the case in your students' homes and offer information for this to them. It is very difficult to reach these parents, but any creative way can help!
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ymuXyg
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I agree with this. Sometimes free food will also do the trick. Great suggestion.
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 6:17 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2015 12:52 am

vaWety
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I have had parents in my classroom who do not value education as well. It is very frustrating. I would contact the parents as much as possible, even just to let them know what a great day that student had. Hopefully, they will see that you care about their child and his/her education. Maybe this will make them want to encourage their kid as well.
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Kady Schlemmer
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Reaching out to the parents is a great idea. We don't know what is going on at home. Dad might be sick and mom has to work an extra job to feed everyone... Of course making it to a conference meeting isn't as important when there is so much other serious life circumstances going on. Keep letting the parents know your concerns and praises of the student. No matter what is going on at home, they will appreciate knowing that you care for the student. Sometimes that is the best that you can do.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 4:22 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 18, 2015 2:39 pm

ySudyG
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One way that my school has handled this is by getting help throughout the community. I work in a town where church is sacred and most people attend every Sunday. Our principals and grade chairs have had meetings with preachers and Sunday School teachers, emphasizing the importance of parental involvement in education. The principals also provide the preachers with a list of dates- parent/teacher conference nights, community involvement meetings, Board of Education meetings, etc. and the preachers mention these during church and encourage parents to go. We have even had preachers create entire sermons about how parents are the guiding force in a child's life and need to be involved. I know this may not work in every community, but involving those around the parents and having someone that means something to them encourage the parents to get involved, has really helped my school.
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Solution 4
Posted October 18, 2015 3:54 am

vaHame
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One possible way is to have more parent events after hours at school. Make them be reasons for parents to actually come. For example, have door prizes. Incentives work on anyone! Also, once there, give them ideas on how to help their children at home. I know in my district, many students live with grandparents that are unable to read. Find out if this is the case in your students' homes and offer information for this to them. It is very difficult to reach these parents, but any creative way can help!
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Solution 5
Posted July 7, 2017 12:45 pm

MeRepe
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Maybe host more parent teacher events in the classroom or activities that involve the parent that can be fun. Also at parent teacher conferences talk to the parent privately and let them know how their attitude affects their children but not to the point where it could seem like you're "attacking" the parents. Let them know the benefits of having their children try their best in school and realize how valuing education is good for them all.
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