Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Parental involvement isn't that important

According to the folks at EdSource parental involvement is not that important to student achievement.

Now before you teachers all go rolling your eyes you have to realize what a group of experts the folks at EdSource have assembled. For example, there's Executive Director Trish Williams, whose BA in English Literature qualifies her as a public education expert.

Then there's Deputy Director Mary Perry. She has a journalism degree for the University of Oregon and has been a copywriter and an editor, valuable experience for fixing all that ails the public schools.

We can't forget Brian Edwards and his experience in policy analysis, or Carol Studier who has a degree in Education Policy Analysis and Evaluation. I bet that makes Brian feel inferior at those watercooler discussions.

Scrolling through the rest of the staff qualifications finds nothing more than a bunch of policy analysts and journalists. Oddly enough, no one at EdSource, the experts who say parental involvement isn't that important and who:

Over nearly three decades have developed a solid reputation as a credible and respected source of K–12 education information, research, analysis, and data

have any teaching experience.

Who'da thunk it?

Don't take my word for it, check it out yourself at their
About Staff webpage


Mr. AB said...

Not so! It does appear that the only person with real education experience is their administrative support. Ironically, she is a former PTA president...

Anonymous said...

If all children had good parents there wouldn't be an education crisis and everyone would want to teach. Support from home for the teacher and the child is paramount in the education process. Without it, the educator becomes both the parent figure and the teacher and it is overwhelming. Once again those who are not in the trenches fail to grasp reality.