Before the COVID pandemic, remote schooling was uncharted territory. For many parents, in-person school seemed to normalize a hands-off approach to their children's learning. At the peak of the pandemic, school closures temporarily forced parents to ...
Before the COVID pandemic, remote schooling was uncharted territory. For many parents, in-person school seemed to normalize a hands-off approach to their children's learning. At the peak of the pandemic, school closures temporarily forced parents to take the lead on their children’s education. While adapting to virtual learning has come with its challenges, it has also shed light on the importance of parental presence in academia. Today, host D-Rich is joined in conversation with five parent/educator panelists to discuss how to give children the education they deserve.
For those parents who have been homeschooling their kids this year, it has been all too easy to distinguish flaws in the school systems. Coming to this disappointing realization, many are eager to step into their roles as their children’s advocate, but are unsure of how to help. As a parent, the best way to ensure that your child gets the most out of their education is to be actively involved. Communicate regularly with teachers, volunteer in after-school sports programs, or make sure that your child is completing all their assignments. However you choose to show your support, it is important to maintain proximity to your child’s education all the way through adulthood.
• A list of all resources shared during the podcast can be found here:
• “We’ve heard the popularized term ‘learning loss’ but nobody is popularizing the term ‘learning gain.’ But I think the five of us know that students have probably learned and gained more than they’ve lost.” (23:34-23:56 | Dr. Rudy Jackson Jr.)
• “The pandemic truly showed where our schools are lagging and what schools are thriving. And that is what a lot of parents opened their eyes up to. I can’t tell you how many parents have inboxed me on the daily asking me ‘what do you do to find schools? Because this isn’t working for me.’” (30:39-03:57 | Cydnie Randolph)
• “Check up on them, verify, and make sure they're doing what they said they did. Go to the avenues that the teacher has provided for you because my daughters go to an awesome school and the teachers set up the program, from A to B the kids knew exactly where to go. So always ask them ‘what did you do today?’ And they can’t say they did nothing because they always have something to do.”(34:23-34:49 | Amire Billups)
• “What I realized is that the issue is that leadership and the vast majority of the educators don’t live in the community so in some sense they don’t see the value of the people in the community. So when scenarios come about parental and community involvement is the key to doing it better. Now you see schools with more community and parental liaison. And they are there because a lot of people see what parental voice and involvement does for schools in more affluent communities and they want the same type of opportunities for their children. (01:27:53-01:28:44 | Yoofi Dowell)
• “ So many parents stop communicating and stop being involved once their child hits high school because they think they don’t have to do anything else. But that’s the most important time because now your child is on their way out to being an adult without having the support. So I think it’s important to make sure that you can teach your child to be an advocate, but you're also an advocate for your child.” (01:33:44-01:34:26 | Lisa Rice)
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