A Parent’s effort has the greatest impact

Parents efforts have the greatest impact on their children’s grades.

(a) Parents

(b) the school

the teachers

the child

(c) Asian students

(d) family background

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(A)  Pushy parents influence their children to achieve higher grades, according to research published in the latest issue of ‘ Review of Economics & Statistics ‘.

The research by academics at Leicester and Leeds universities focused on parents who read to their child or attended school meetings. It also studied the children’s attitudes – such as whether, at the age of 16, they thought school was a waste of time.

Schools were assessed on how they tried to involve parents, what disciplinary methods they used, and whether 16-year-olds were offered careers advice.

 The results showed that the effort put in by a parent to ensure the child buckles down to schoolwork has a greater impact than the effort put in by the child or the school.

Children were more likely to put more effort into their schooling if their parents showed that commitment too.

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“We found that children work harder where their parents put more effort into their education,” said Professor Gianni De Fraja, head of economics at Leicester University.

The findings portray a kind of perfect circle – parents encourage their child to make more of an effort, and then when their child tries harder, the parents themselves put in even more effort.

(B)  People often think a good school is the answer to all their problems. Studies however, show that one third is the school but two-thirds is the motivated pupil/pupil’s family. An effective school and effective teachers will make a difference, BUT an effective child+family makes THE difference.

(c)  In England, teachers sometimes find that culturally the asian students can be more independent and will take greater initiative with their own education. As a consequence many do better in their studies than their English class mates who depend more on the spoon-feeding of their teacher.

(d)  Family background:

The study found that the schools’ effort is affected by the background of a family. Professor Gianni De Fraja, head of economics at Leicester University, explained:

“The main channel through which parental socio-economic background affects achievement is via effort.

 Parents from a more advantaged environment exert more effort, and this in turn, positively influences the educational attainment of the child.

 “The parents’ background also increases the school’s effort, which increases the school achievement.

“Why schools work harder where parents are from a more privileged background, we do not know. It might be because middle-class parents are more vocal in demanding that the school works hard.”

Big families :

The report found that the more children that parents have, the less effort they can generally put into their children’s education.

I mBunreacht na hÉireann, leagtar amach gurbh iad na tuismitheoirí príomh-mhúinteoirí an pháiste sa tír seo –  according to the Irish constitution (Bunreacht na  hÉireann),  the parent is the principal educator of their own child.