Does Parental Involvement in Children`s` Education from an Early Age Have a Significant Effect on Their Educational Development

DoesParental Involvement in Children’s’ Education from an Early AgeHave a Significant Effect on Their Educational Development


Thisis essay is a critique to the article by Spera, C., Wentzel, K. R.,&amp Matto, H. C. (2009). “Parentalaspirations for their children`s educational attainment: Relations toethnicity, parental education, children`s academic performance, andparental perceptions of school climate” publishedin the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The article outlines howparents dream of their children in educational attainment. Thearticle explains in details how parents have been able to relateethnicity and parental education in improving the children’sacademic performances. The main audience of the articles is theparents who have young children. The children are supposed to be inschool, for example in kindergarten and have a direct relationshipwith their children. The purpose of the article is to explain toparents how they can influence their children’s school performanceby directly involving themselves in the school work. The articleprovides a valid explanation on how the parents can improve theirchildren’s performances. The article mostly is written about theyoung children under the age of ten years who are starting theirschooling.


Thearticle has various strengths in the topic. It clearly explains ifand how parental involvement in the children’s education can have adirect effect to the children school performance. For instance, theauthors have talked about how about the parental involvement toassist the children. The involvement includes helping their childrenwith their school work. Moreover, the authors outline how the parentcan understand the school climate or environment thus, assists theirchildren in all ways possible. All these involvements, according tothe article, can improve the children’s performance.

Onthe other hand, the article has some weaknesses. For instance, theauthors have not explained how the children’s perspective on howthe involvement of their parents can make them lazy. The articleclearly outlines the advantages of parental involvement in thechildren’s education. The article has not clearly shown thedisadvantages, especially to the children’s long-term performance.


Parentshave very high aspirations on their children. The parents want theirchildren to attain high grades in their school activities. Throughthis, the parents have directly involved themselves in theirchildren’s school activities. For instance, parents have been ableto help their children with their homework after school. Through thisapproach, parents have been able to teach their children some of thebasic factors in their education. The children, on the other hand,have shown a positive effect from being taught by their parents.According to research, the children can understand what they aretaught by parents easily than what teachers teach them. The reason isthat the parents and children are close. But such an approach hasdisadvantages such as, the children become lazy. When parents assisttheir kids with their homework for example, the children become verylazy which could affect their performances


Thearticle explains how helping the children with schooling activitiesmay improve their performances. The authors have not talked about thenegative effects of helping children with their school activities,though. To avoid the negative effects, as a parent I would ensurethat both of us, that is the children and parents, play our roles. Itis necessary to assist the children but not with everything. Helpingthem has negative effects such as making them lazy. Laziness willaffect their school performance in a negative way since the childrenwould expect someone to help them always. Christian principles inteaching express how a parent can and should help a child. TheChristian principles advocate that everybody has to work andtherefore, the children have to work to. The children have to workand the parents should not help them in everything. According to theChristian principles in teaching, the children learn from what theyexperience and that is through working.


Spera,C., Wentzel, K. R., &amp Matto, H. C. (2009). Parental aspirationsfor their children`s educational attainment: Relations to ethnicity,parental education, children`s academic performance, and parentalperceptions of school climate. Journalof Youth and Adolescence, 38(8),1140-52.