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Getting Involved At School: Parental Involvement in Education

Living in America at the end of the twentieth century means living in a culture of widely divergent expectations as to what constitutes an adequate education. No less divergent are those expectations among evangelical Christians. Some see homeschool and its total parental involvement as the only truly Christian education possible. Some humbled by their own lack of background and consistency in living the Christian life enthusiastically turn their children over to the "professionals" to do for their children what they are convinced they cannot do. Some "institutions of learning" have been guilty of perpetuating the idea that parents are educational stumbling blocks in their children's way. They would have virtually no parental involvement in the education enterprise beyond their necessary financial support. A growing few are now moving in the opposite direction. Understanding parental responsibility for education as ultimate, they have formed "non-professional" associations that are more a cooperative effort among homeschooling parents than what could be properly called a school. Divergent viewpoints about appropriate parental involvement abound from parents and teaching professionals alike. They range from total daily participation in the educational process at all levels to as little involvement as possible.