Parents are every child’s first teacher but soon they are at school. Who is responsible now for the education of your daughter or son – parent or teacher?
In this article in the conversation Associate Professor Pauline Lysaght, Associate Director, Early Start at the University of Wollongong, says when it comes to children’s learning: ‘education is a shared responsibility’.
Professor Lysaght had a teacher with ‘the knowledge and expertise that allowed him to present complex information in ways that matched my capacity for learning’. Her parents ‘knew that I would benefit from learning to persist in the face of difficult problems’.
‘A stimulating home learning environment in which the value of education is reinforced by parents, and in which educational resources that support learning are available, is integral to the intellectual and social development of children’, Professor Lysaght writes.
Schools and teachers provide more than academic instruction. They support ‘the development of capacities that include self-regulation, self-confidence, resilience, determination and aspirations for the future’.
Professor Lysaght believes that parents are important behaviour role models and teachers are influential in reinforcing and extending these behaviours within the school context.
Values are also important. Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) research has shown that one of the top reasons parents have for choosing a particular school is their development of sound morals, values, beliefs and attitudes. However, these values need to be exhibited at home if they are to stick.
Parents and carers are important in children’s schooling but do we expect teachers to take too much responsibility for the traditional roles of parents?
What are your views about the joint roles of teachers and parents in child upbringing?