Parental involvement is more significant factor in a child's academic performance than the qualities of the school itself. Dr.Toby Parcel, a professor of sociology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work said "Our study shows that parents need to be aware of how important they are, and invest time in their children- checking homework, attending school events and letting kids know school is important".
The researchers evaluated data from a national representative study that collected information from more than 10000 students, as well as their parents, teachers and school administrators. Initially, the researchers looked at how "Family social capital" and "School social capital" pertained to academic achievement. Family social capital can essentially be described as the bonds between parents and children, such as trust, open lines of communication and active engagement in a child's academic life.
The school social capital captures a school's ability to serve as a positive environment for learning, including measures such as student involvement in extracurricular activities, teacher morale and the ability of teachers to address the needs of individual students.
The researchers ensured that students with high levels of family social capital and low levels of school social capital performed better academically than students with high levels of school social capital but low family social capital.
So, what do you think? Parenting takes its first place or Schools? Share your views with us.