Read each of the following passages and answer the items that follow. Your answers to these items should be based on the passages only.
However important we may regard school life to be there is gainsaying the fact that children spend more time at home than in the classroom. Therefore, the great influence of parents, can be ignored or discounted by the teacher. They can become strong allies of the school personnel or they can consciously or unconsciously hinder and thwart curricular objectives.
Administrators have been aware of the need to keep parents apprised of the new methods used in schools. Many principals have conducted workshops explaining such writing and developmental mathematics.
Moreover, the classroom teacher, with the permission of the supervisor, can also play an important role in enlightening parents. The informal tea and the many interviews carried on during the year, as well as new ways of reporting pupils’ progress, can significantly aid in achieving a harmonious interplay between school and home.
To illustrate, suppose a father has been drilling junior in arithmetic processes night after night. In a friendly interview, the teacher can help the parent sublimate his natural paternal interest into productive channels. He might be persuaded to let junior participate in discussing the family budget, buying the food, using a yard stick or measuring cup at home, setting the clock, calculating mileage on a trip and engaging in scores of other activities that have a mathematical basis.
If the father follows the advice, it is reasonable to assume that he will soon realize his son is making satisfactory progress in mathematics, and at the same time, enjoying the work. Too often, however, teacher’s conference with parents are devoted to petty accounts of children’s misdemeanors, complaints about laziness and poor work habits, and suggestion for penalties or rewards at home,
What is needed is a more creative approach in which the teacher, as a professional adviser, plants ideas in parents’ minds for the best utilization of the many hours that the child spends out of the classroom.
In this way, the school and the home join forces in fostering the fullest development of youngsters’ capacities.
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