I Stand Here Ironing

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The most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. Children today are motivated and influenced by positive role models in their lives. The first teachers of our children are the adults in the home. This is where the children learn their attitudes and values that are ingrained in them for the remainder of their lives. Generally, when one thinks of parental involvement the instant thought that comes to mind is that it is a positive thing. However, there are aspects of parental involvement in a student’s education that can hinder the achievement of each student. The story "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen shows us a mother who is struggling through her own life and does not pay any attention to her daughter.…show more content…
Parents play as the major factor of making the educational experience positive. The book titled, Improving Parental Involvement, by Garry Hornby stresses that students need the presence of their parents in their schooling especially as they deal with demands of society, peer pressure and changes in adolescence. Direct parent involvement seems to be the single most powerful approach for fostering achievement as “positive outcomes of parental involvement include, improved communication between parent and children, and higher academic performance of children whose parents are involved’ (Hornby 89). The most effective forms of parent involvement are those which engage parents in working directly with their children on learning activities. The earlier in a child's educational process parent involvement is harnessed the greater the likelihood of higher student achievement. A strong, positive relationship between school and home can be a great motivating factor for students, providing the appropriate support that students need to succeed. In “I Stand Here Ironing”, Emily was sent away at a time where a mother would have been very important in shaping, influencing, and nurturing her to become a great adult and when she was with her mother, her
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