Parents and Teacher Unite to Maximize Student Achievement
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This article is part of a satirical issue of Educational Horizons.

This lucky teacher lives the dream of working with families who are immersed in their children’s education and completely support her efforts. What does her classroom look like?

As I pulled into the parking lot of the middle school where I have been working for over 10 years, I was once again left without a spot. Cars were parked everywhere — on the grass, around the track, even underneath the basketball hoop. Street parking wasn’t an option either, as cars lined both sides of the streets for miles. No, there wasn’t a special event or famous speaker planned. It was just another ordinary day at school. After circling for 30 minutes, I got lucky when a car pulled out about five blocks away, and I immediately took the spot.

When I walked in the doors, I fought not only the students marching happily to class, but also the hoards of parents, walking hand-in-hand with students, making their way to volunteer in classrooms. In most cases, each student had at least one parent alongside him, but in some instances, both parents, and even grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings were there to help.

As I entered my classroom, I was greeted with a pleasant chorus of “Good morning, Mrs. Young.” Smiling parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents shook my hand as I stepped over a few deskless students sitting cross-legged on the floor.

“Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication to our children. Please go home tonight and relax.”

“How may we assist you today?” sang three parents who greedily grabbed a stack of papers from my hand and instantly began handing them out to the students scattered about the room.

To a person not used to such a scene, one might think this a picture of chaos. To me, the opposite is true. A few years ago, our community put out a call to action after student achievement began declining. Working together with our school board, our school district conducted a study that proved that the more involved parents were with their children, the more successful students were in all academic areas. After the results were published, our parents rose to the occasion and made a promise to be as involved as possible. Our school has not been the same since.

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