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He found that most had few or no memories of their parents pushing or prodding them or getting involved at school in formal ways. Instead, students described mothers and fathers who set high expectations and then stepped back. “These kids made it!,” Robinson told me. “You’d expect they’d have the type of parental involvement we’re promoting at the national level. But they hardly had any of that. It really blew me away.”
n middle-class households, kids learned to ask critical questions and to advocate for themselves—behaviors that served them well in the classroom.
by as much as eight points on a reading or math test—is by getting them placed in the classroom of a teacher with a good reputation. This is one example for which race did seem to matter: white parents are at least twice as likely as black and Latino parents to request a specific teacher.
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I am the Secondary Principal at Van Meter Schools in Van Meter, IA. I am interested in helping lead the change in public education needed to meet the needs of learners in the 21st century. I have four children ages 11, 9, 7, and 5. I have a personal and a professional interest in seeing technol...