SomalilandPress-Today’s children are fundamental to society because they are our future; they hold the key to change, and in turn a successful future, in their hands.
Therefore, it is society’sduty to provide them with a complete education that teaches them how to work together successfully, how to question what is in front of them, and how to be catalysts of change.
This education starts with what children learn from their parents and from what they learn in the first few years of their lives.
Parents have an enormous influence on their children’s education for several
reasons, but most importantly because they are their children’s first teachers.
As JosephSclafani writes, “The influence of teachers is actually reciprocal and to some extent dependent on what your child brings to the classroom…These same teachers also form
impressions based upon other information such as your child’s previous year’s grades and
test scores, and his or her family background and the family’s level of involvement”
Children’s brains are like sponges the first couple years of their lives and
they absorb in everything surrounding them. Therefore, what they learn from their
parents in the first couple years of their lives will impact children for the rest of their
- It is important that children learn how to be excited about learning from an early
- Parents are the ones who need to instill this excitement in their children. But how
can parents create this enthusiasm in their children? What qualities do parents need to
possess in order to successfully motivate their children in school? Research shows that
parents with a personal, educated background have a much easier time preparing their
children for school compared to parents lacking this background.
The education that children receive is very much dependent on the education that
their parents received when they were children. Research shows that the literacy of their
parents strongly affects the education of their children. Teale found in his studies that
“children experience literacy primarily as a social process during their preschool years.”
(Teale 192) Parents strongly affect this social learning process because they are the
biggest influence at this early stage in their children’s lives. One of the reasons why it
strongly affects their children’s education is because “parents who have gone beyond a
high school education are found to be more involved with their infants and children than
those who did not finish high school…many less educated parents simply have more
unmanaged stress in their lives, and this stress interferes with ability and opportunity to
interact with their child” (Sclafani 88).
Typically, parents who have finished high school& gone on to receive additional schooling understand the pressures and stresses ofschool and are more equipped to handle them with their children when they go through schools.
Parents who have obtained further educational opportunities also have less stress
in their lives because they most likely making more money while spending less time
making that money than those who, unfortunately, have not been able to finish high
school for one reason or another.
It is unfortunate that less educated parents are less likely to be involved in their
children’s education process because “[research repeatedly demonstrates that schools
do better when parents are engaged as equal partners in the decision
making that affects their children and their schools…Only through this richer level of
engagement will parents and the public at large better understand their vital connection to
quality public education” (Glickman 229). Parents with less education do not participate
as often in their children’s education to some effect because they do not realize the
importance of their interaction with schools and they are probably intimidated, just like
they were in high school. Even though parents of low-income families participate less in
their children’s education, according to Neuman, “most parents – even low-income and
culturally and linguistically diverse parents – possess the attitudes and at least the
sufficient early literacy skills and knowledge to help their children get on the road to
literacy” (Neuman 221).
Additional research that shows that uniquely the mother’s education has a
significant impact on her children’s learning process. Benjamin Ann says, “[The
mother’s education if one of the most important factors influencing children’s reading
levels and other school achievements…Generally, traditional research has revealed that
more highly educated mothers have greater success in providing their children with the
cognitive and language skills that contribute to early success in school.” (Ann 1) This is
because stereotypically, the mother in more involved in her children’s education, and
therefore has more influence on it. Another good point that Ann makes is that “children
of mothers with high levels of education stay in school longer than children of mothers
with low levels of education.” (Ann 1) Again, this conclusion is reinforced by all the
other research that convincingly shows that parents who have completed levels of higher
education with be more involved in their children’s education.
Mohamoud Dahir Omar