As my kids get older I’ve noticed (at least in our area) a spirit of competition among parents to get their kids into the “best” schools. It’s hard to argue just how important education is so I guess you can’t fault parents for wanting their kids to have the best.

But in this search for the “best” education I think it’s important to remember that there’s something even more important and influential to their lives besides the school they attend, and that’s the “parenting” they receive.

I read an interesting article the other day in Time Magazine entitled “Why Parenting Is More Important Than Schools“. The article stated…

 Given all the roiling debates about how America’s children should be taught, it may come as a surprise to learn that students spend less than 15% of their time in school. While there’s no doubt that school is important, a clutch of recent studies reminds us that parents are even more so. A study published earlier this month by researchers at North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California-Irvine, for example, finds that parental involvement — checking homework, attending school meetings and events, discussing school activities at home — has a more powerful influence on students’ academic performance than anything about the school the students attend.

 We’re very thankful that we live in an area that has wonderful public schools, but Brandi and I realize, more than ever, that we play a key role in helping our kids along in the education process.
Your thoughts?