Brumley: Families should be involved in a child’s education

[Editor’s Note: This letter was originally published in The Lafayette Daily Advertiser]

The last two years haven’t been normal. In Louisiana, we’ve faced a global pandemic, multiple hurricanes, civil unrest, and winter storms. The school community has successfully navigated these unprecedented times and credit should be shared. Families deserve praise.

November is National Family Engagement Month for schools in America. For me, families are partners in education whose contributions are welcomed and appreciated.  Schools and families depend on each other for flexibility and grace as we care for children. When student-centered relationships exist between families and schools, kids benefit. Now is a time for educators to pause and consider practices that embrace families. Likewise, families may consider their involvement and support within schools.

It takes a family to raise a child. Schools exists to support that effort with a responsibility to provide a quality education in a safe environment.

We know the benefit of family engagement on students. Attendance is higher. Behavior is improved. Grades are better.

Across the country, parents are accelerating their involvement in local schools and system policy. This is good. Educators and families should seize this opportunity to work together in new ways.

As both a dad and an educator, I understand both roles. Hearts are in the right place for doing what’s best for our children and Louisiana’s future.

Dr. Cade Brumley, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education

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