Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Support at Home, Success at School

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Support at Home, Success at School

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Education Secretary Richard Riley had words of advice the other day that are hardly revolutionary but bear repeating: Students do better in school when their parents give them support. Mr. Riley's speech was prompted by a new Education Department report that studied 30 years of research and showed a definite relationship between family involvement and academic success. Parents, schools and businesses should all work together to translate those findings into action.

The report showed that eighth-graders do better in math when they attend school regularly, watch less television and have more reading material at home - three areas where parents definitely have control. It also said that reading aloud to young children is the most important activity in getting them ready to read on their own.

Such findings support Mr. Riley's assertion that "the American family is the rock on which a solid education can and must be built." But too often, he said, even families that do all the right things at home feel unwelcome in schools. …

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