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Seems like Ms. Hebert is on to something with the substance of this article. "Parental Involvement Is The Key To Education!" "She said of all the ingredients that goes into the successful education of our children, Parental involvement is the most important" That was the first thing she said.
I don't think I would go so far as to say the same, though I would agree that "parental involvement ranks right up there. My understanding of the organization she is involved with call "Communities In Schools" ( CIS ) is that they makes a concerted effort to serve as mediators between the households of students and the schools which students attend.
She goes on to make the points that many times partnerships between the schools and the families of students,...acting on peripheral things benefiting students, decline with each grade level and drop off dramatically at the middle school level.
She attests to facts that a solid partnership facilitated between the the parents and schools gives great compensation for spent efforts! Research shows with these kind of partnerships in force, students earn better grades, better test scores, better graduation rates, have better school attendance, increased self-esteem and have fewer instances of violent behavior problems while at school!
She made her case with me right here. I've seen up close what CIS can do in the HOUSTON SCHOOLS, ( HARRIS COUNTY ),...they are worth their weight in PLATINUM & GOLD,... and the way Ms. Connie Hebert is talking,...CIS is wanting to have the same effect in Galveston County!
BTW, the most important ingredient I think needed here in the success of a student, is "student willingness" to want to learn. Oh I understand the talking points, but the old saying, "you can lead a horse to water but you cannot force him to drink" looms great, especially in today's generation. Even so, I must join Ms. Hebert in endorsing Communities In Schools! They really care,..and will get involved to make sure children have the opportunity to get what they come after, a quality education. I won't say more than that, because that takes in a lot of territory,...and Mr. Hebert or CIS representatives should be the ones who elaborate on the boundaries of what things they can do,..and how far they can go.
An example of parental involvement,...I watch a clip this morning on channel 11, where 75 parents slept all night in the COLD WEATHER trying to procure one of 45 vacant spots at Barbara Bush Elementary School Pre-K program in Houston ISD!
It is obvious, some of these parents braved the bone chilling weather for nothing,..but this shows love, commitment, foresight, ohhhh and PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT! [wink]

George Croix

POSITIVE parental involvement, is, I'm sure, what ya'll are talking about.
The things that build good character, manners, and respect.
A big Amen to that.

Lord knows there's way too much 'negaitive' parental influence...
In some cases, it would be better for them to just do nothing than to demonstrate openly how to go wrong.

Kevin Lang

If the parents can't be directly involved, they should at least be indirectly involved enough to make sure their kids are taking their studies and their behavior seriously. Just because you don't have the competency to drill your kids on their math assignments, or discuss their history or English lessons doesn't mean that you can't at least make sure they understand how important it is to learn. Make sure they know you care and that you expect them to be a good citizen in school as well as a good student.


I agree 201% with Mr. Lang!! I know....I know, we don't agee that often but truth is truth and he just spoke a mouth full of it!!!!!

Lars Faltskog

Well, really, what this guest columnist wrote is a no-brainer. Yes, the more parent involvement very likely yields a child who will get the most from his/her education.

Lack of involvement poses a bigger challenge to the teachers to try to get the children motivated. What doesn't sit quite as well with me, however, is the notion of the National African American Parent Invovlement program mentioned. Although that seems to be a great program to have, I think the article short-sighted the great Latino growth in Galveston proper. I would think these programs ought to be all-encompassing to each child, regardless of his/her origin. After all, we have children who exist who happen to not be African-American, or perhaps a "mix" of African-American and another race. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the goal to have a "free education" regardless of race or background? Would a White, Asian, or Latino family be turned away from an African American Parental invovlement meeting at a school? I would want school leaders to make efforts to welcome ALL groups. By the way, I've noticed many school staff members (not just in Galveston) make no effort to learn a little Spanish in order to communicate better with parents and their children. Especially the older staff members/teachers/administrators. What's up with that? I have heard of schools that require ALL teaching staff (and administrators) to have an ELL (formerly ESL teaching credential). IMHO, that should be a more recurring requirement, given the changes in ethnicity we've experienced through the decades, and especially here in Galveston since after Ike.

It just seems as though programs that are touted that are designated for just one race falls short on the big picture that in our city we have a lot of second-English language folks who, by their "wrong" racial make-up, can't benefit from such a program. It seems as Galveston might want to make more strides in more encompassing programs. I didn't read one mention of Latino students in this article.

Heaven knows that just about all parents (regardless of racial make-up) should make more effort to be involved in their children's education. I simply don't see banners saying "African American Parental Involvement Meeting - Tuesday at 7PM" as all-encompassing. In turn, neither would simply a Spanish-worded banner be that encompassing neither.

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