This parent writes about how he and his wife decided to enroll their children in an urban public school and to remain closely involved in their schooling and their lives. As black parents, they knew all the risks, and they decided not to move to the suburbs. As college graduates, they wanted the best for their children, and they made an informed choice.
As it happened, both kids got a good education, both went to top colleges, and both are on their way to good professional careers.
This is a testament to the power of informed parenting.
In the Scholastic-Gates survey of teachers, teachers were asked what they wanted most. The greatest number said they wanted families to be more involved. (What mattered least: longer school days and hours, merit pay).
This family showed what a difference it makes when families do their share–and more.