Navigating this Website


Education Network's primary goal is Academic Parenting. We want to help parents develop the skills needed to ensure that their school-aged children succeed. The Education Network website is organized into four main themes. Theme I is a brief introduction to parenting and parents of preschoolers. It will help you get your child ready for school and do your vital job as his "homeroom" teacher in the years before kindergarten. Theme II addresses the notion of ‘Good Schools’. Here we focus on the characteristics and key elements that all good school possess. Theme III addresses the academic curriculum from kindergarten through eighth grade. (Throughout this site, we will use the terms "elementary" and "secondary" school to refer to these grades.) These tabs outline important knowledge and skills your child should learn. They give tips for appraising their progress, as well as tools to help parents decide whether your school is doing a good job. You'll also find plenty of ideas about ways to supplement the school's efforts at home. Theme IV moves outside the formal curriculum and takes up important matters such as character education and teaching children with special needs. These tabs discuss how to help your child succeed in elementary and secondary schools. They alert you to some issues, problems, and puzzles you may encounter, and suggest ways to stay involved in your child's education.

Pause and Reflect


This website is not designed for entertainment or social networking. It is a ‘virtual’ textbook on individual achievement and research that comes directly from the observed experiences of hundreds of America’s most successful educators and parents. It should be studied, digested, and meditated upon. No more than one section should be viewed/studied in a single night. Parents should bookmark sections which connect with them most. Later, they should go back to these sections and read them again. A real student of parenting will not merely peruse this website, they will absorb its contents and make them their own.

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Opinions are unique, everyone’s got one. Experiences, on the other hand, are highly valuable. In every culture, elders hold positions of respect and honor. Their depth and wisdom make them a valuable asset because they provide guidance and leadership. And their value is not based on their judgments or opinions, it’s based on their experiences. You can learn much from the people around you. For parents, that often means updates about what their young children are up to. We are our experiences. They form and shape us into the people we are today. And when you take an interest in others’ experiences you can grow exponentially.

Set Goals


Goal-setting is something we associate with job performance reviews or academic settings, but considering how important a job parenting is, it makes sense to develop some parenting goals, too. One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals. Focusing on the outcomes of our interactions with our children can help us become more effective parents. Finding examples of goals for parents can illuminate what our own goals are. Aim high for your children. The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. Let's take this journey together. Start today.

Fostering a Love for Learning


Getting your child's education off to a good start does not take extraordinary efforts or extravagant stimulation. You do not need a degree in child psychology. Raising a child does not require "trained caregivers" to supply expertise that parents lack. On the contrary, you are the most qualified person to teach and guide your young child, because he is a part of you and loves you. You should supply five basic ingredients in these years before school: your love, protection, and care; your time; a positive learning environment; an attitude that values learning; and strong moral training.

Introduction to Parenting


You are your child's most important teacher. There is an old saying that a parent's heart is the child's schoolroom. Your dreams, your efforts, your examples and loving exhortations-- these set the boundaries of your child's education. The seminal lessons taught in the home stay with children as they make their way through school and life, shaping their interests, ideals, and enthusiasm for learning. Parents are children's first and most important teachers. Raising your child is your number one job. Seeing that he gets a good education is, in many respects, the crux of that task.

Good Schools


For as many years as there has been a place called "school," we've been seeking ways to fashion the best educational experience for our children - the place that would provide students with the best possible education and send them forth fully prepared to meet life's challenges. Every American generation has desired quality education for its children and in many ways the system has responded by expanding opportunities to historically underrepresented students, updating curriculum, and improving teaching techniques. Yet, for all the changes implemented in the American classroom, parents and the community, in general, are ill-prepared to measure the quality of the schools that serve them. As consumers of education, parents and other taxpayers have a right to know whether or not their schools are doing a good job. What makes a good school has less to do with the configuration of the school or the socioeconomic standard of the neighborhood. There are successful schools in the inner cities of America, just as there are unsuccessful ones in the country's wealthy suburbs. What makes the difference between success and failure? We can identify several qualities of successful schools that set them apart. Let’s spend some time evaluating each of these and discussing what they look like in Good Schools.

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