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Are students' parents important? That probably seems like a silly question. Of course students' parents are important! Everyone knows that children learn best when the school and home work together. We all understand how important it is for parents to support their children's education. It is common knowledge that children benefit when their parents are involved in school.
Yet when we consider how some schools are organized, this question becomes much less silly. Offering rhetoric about the importance of involving parents in the educational enterprise is one thing; taking action to facilitate this involvement is quite another. Given that we do know how important parental involvement is to a child's success in school, it is unfortunate that there is so often a disconnect between what should be and what is.