In an ongoing series in this column, we highlight one of Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets that have a powerful positive impact on young people’s growth. Asset #6 is Parent Involvement in Schooling.
Search Institute’s research shows that young people are more likely to grow up healthy, caring and responsible when their parents are involved in their education. When children start kindergarten, most parents are quite involved. They attend conferences, school activities, and ask about their kids’ projects and assignments. As kids grow older, parent involvement drops dramatically, despite the fact that the middle and high school years can in many ways be the most difficult for students.