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Parents' School Participation Low

September 29, 1999

A survey conducted by the Horace Mann Educators Corporation found that while almost all Americans said parents should take an active part in their children's education, a majority did not. The survey found:

  • Fewer than a third who had children in school spent time helping teachers in the classroom.
  • Only one in four was a member of a parent-teacher organization.
  • Only ten percent helped a students outside the classroom.
  • Forty-five percent said they donated money to schools other than tax or tuition dollars.

In the survey, 96 percent said parents should work as partners with teachers, 93 percent said parental involvement was a needed educational change and 35 percent called parental involvement the one thing that could make schools more effective.

Source: Michael Pollak, "A Survey of Parents," from Notebook, New York Times, September 29, 1999.


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