Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Article excerpt

As I looked through the articles in this issue searching for a common thread, the word that came to mind was "relationship." If we truly want to have an exceptional school community, shouldn't our focus be on building relationships? Karen Mapp affirms this in our second article, saying, "Many school programs place their emphasis on the programming portion of their family involvement initiative and not the process of building relationships between home and school" (p. 60). This may frustrate those looking for quick fixes and easy answers, but the hard work and time necessary to build relationships has an enormous payoff for everyone connected to our schools, but most importantly, for the students.

In our first article, Laura Schulte and her team put their School Ethical Climate Index to use (see her validation article in our Fall 2002 issue), and found, among other things, that a positive sense of community within a school does affect a range of relationships, including those among students and with teachers. Next, Karen Mapp takes a very interesting look from the parents' point of view at a school with a high parental involvement rate, despite its low socioeconomic setting. She describes intentional relationship-building efforts by both school staff and parents, which may serve as a model for others in a variety of settings. In our third article, Esther Ho surveys and examines the effect of parent involvement on students' self-esteem in Hong Kong. The contrast between Western students and Asian students is often striking; while the Asians are clearly ahead academically, I wonder if the Western parents and students might be able to offer some advice about relationshipbuilding to bolster self-esteem. …

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