posted by Claire .
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HOW ABOUT BETTER PARENTS?
BY: Thomas L. Friedman
In Thomas L. Friedman’s column “How About Better Parents” he discusses parent’s influence in their child’s education. He states that “Parents more focused on their children’s education can also make a huge difference in a student’s achievement. “ He supports this statement with a significant amount of research and references to tests and studies made by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Further on, he specifies where America’s students have distinguished themselves in comparison to students of Singapore, Finland and Shanghai. The PISA conducted an exam for 15-year-olds that tested their “reading comprehension and ability to use what they’ve learned in math and science to solve real problems” and their test results were not favorable when matched to other developed countries. He goes on to state that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (O.E.C.D.) went “beyond the classrooms” to discover that students whose parents read to them in the beginning of their school career, showed higher scores than those whose parents “read with them infrequently or not at all”. He interviewed Andreas Schleicher (overseer of the PISA exams) who believed that “just asking your child how was their school day and showing genuine interest in the learning that they are doing can have the same impact as hours of private tutoring” Friedman concluded that parents involvement in their child’s learning experience is as equivalent to the teachers’ instruction in the classroom.
Not to sure about the last sentence.