Busy parents often make efforts to find ways to be involved in their children's lives, especially at their schools. Evidence indicates that having parents get involved in their children's elementary school reaps positive effects that will last a child's lifetime.
A publication by the Kamehameha Schools Research and Education Division made note that parental involvement in children's elementary education had a continuing positive effect on the child's academic grades through high school. Based on the evidence they looked at, being interested and involved in children's early education had a positive effect over the course of the child's academic career, even though the parents were not involved with the child's high school. Consistent with these findings, the Kamehama Schools also found that in a study of fifth-graders, those without parental involvement had lower grades in high school than those with parental involvement in fifth grade.
Increased academic achievement among students whose parents get involved in their elementary education seems to have a global effect, according to the Kamehameha Schools. For example, a parent might work as an historian and be involved in the history program at his child's elementary school. The child will likely have higher grades in all subjects because of her father's involvement, not just her history grades. Her math and science grades are expected to be higher as a result of her father's involvement in her education, as well.
Sociology professor Sophia Catsambis of Queens College, in a 1998 report, discusses evidence that parental involvement in education on the high school level has a positive effect on students' behavior and attitudes toward school, and academic achievement. She is quick to point out that less research has been done on the effects of parental involvement in secondary than in primary education, but that the evidence gathered so far is promising. Parental involvement in high school included structuring time at home for homework and requiring homework to be completed, and student involvement in school activities.
Pride in Work
Researchers at Vanderbilt University looked at parental involvement in children's education and found a sense of personal pride in schoolwork of students whose parents were involved in their education, according to a report titled, "Parental Involvement in Children's Education: Why Does it Make a Difference?" The students were not only more likely to feel confident and capable of doing their work well, but also felt a sense of pride and personal achievement when they completed assignments.