A recent study of parental involvement in Mexican schools found no evidence of improved student performance (“When parents get involved in schools, kids did no better,” The Hechinger Report, Nov. 30). The results served as a cautionary tale for researchers who had not expected the outcomes.
There is nothing magical about parental involvement. It pays off only when such programs are carefully designed. In Mexico, trust between parents and teachers eroded because teachers and parents were not treated as equal partners. The same thing is taking place in this country when the issue is whether schools should be reopened.
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