Parents have Power - True or False

Parents have Power - True or False

Daria Dillard Stone
on Sep 12, 2011

Being the program managera of a not for profit organization called Parents Advancing Choice in Education - PACE in Dayton OH, I am learning that schools, administrators and the community at-large are more than not, saying parents "don't care and are powerless to help educate their stars/students." Yes I like to call all children stars - I know without being in the classroom on a day to day basis that all children can learn. How can we give our parents more power to be the change they want to see in their students? I don't have the answers, but I have seen great strides in this area during my almost 11 years in the Struggle for Educational Freedom. There is more I could say, but I am going to but a period here for now. Period :)

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Daria Dillard Stone
on Sep 13, 2011
"You asked some pertinent questions, none of which have JUST ONE answer because each parent has..."
Cindy Wiley
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"Yes - parents have power. Parents are one of the most important influences within their..."
Anastasia Pantsios
on Sep 13, 2011
"What does your group do, Daria? How does it give parents more power? What parents is it directed..."

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Anastasia Pantsios
on Sep 13, 2011

What does your group do, Daria? How does it give parents more power? What parents is it directed at? What do they need to be given more power? What do you actually mean by "power"? Is that power over the schools or power to influence their own children in a more positive way?

 
Daria Dillard Stone
on Sep 13, 2011

You asked some pertinent questions, none of which have JUST ONE answer because each parent has various needs. However, the one common thread is that no matter what a person's economic status, ethnic background, etc. is, they WANT THE BEST EDUCATION for their stars/students.

So what PACE does (hopefully you perused our website) is help parents navigate school choice opportunities and/or resources and if they opt to want their children to attend a private and/or tuition charging school we help them make that happen with some financial assistance.

 
Cindy Wiley
on Sep 13, 2011

Yes - parents have power. Parents are one of the most important influences within their children's lives. Parents, along with school district and the community are crucial towards creating an enriching environment so that youngsters can thrive and grow into productive members of our society.

Parents certainly can influence the culture within their school districts. The first step is to get involved, join the PTA or PTO. Volunteer where ever you can within your child's classroom. Get creative - perhaps you can share your profession with the students, help with classroom supplies, help chair a committee, attend the open houses, attend parent-teacher conferences. Make contact with your child's teachers in a positive supportive manner. Definitely make contact when something is wrong - I'm just saying that teachers benefit from parent involvement and as parents you don't have to wait for a problem.

 
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