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Jul 23, 2013

Parents should be involved in education

David Leacock

According to Leacock, parents should be equally concerned about and involved in the quality of education their children are receiving by holding the schools responsible for their output.


David Leacock, CEO, Ministry of Education

“This is everybody’s business, you have to get engaged.  So, if you were not concerned about your child’s education before but something like this now makes you more concerned then I think that that is not a bad thing.  I think that is potentially a good thing and this is what we’ve been saying, if we’re talking about parents we need them to be more engaged with their child’s education.  We need them to hold schools accountable for the delivery of education, you know, and that is the principle on which what we have been doing is based.  The quality schools initiative seeks to bring parents into the dialogue of what makes a quality school and helping the school to improve.  So, I think if people are becoming more engaged I think it is a good thing.”

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  1. Daedra says:

    I read this story and see the comment about Parents holding schools accountable. I have been a very involved parent and I will tell you that being an involved parent is not always appreciated. If your involvement seems to favor school administration, fine… But when your involvement questions and raises concerns on the quality of education, management and overall operations of the school — you are faced with platitudes, condescending remarks, a refusal to listen and at worst the penalizing of your child for your adult parental involvement. I have experienced it firsthand in both cases. When involvement favors them and the obvious pleasure you observe, but the minute it turns out to question authority — all the above becomes evident.

    It is lip service that SOME pays to this issue of parental involvement and holding schools accountable.

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