By Debbie Cluff
Parents have the ability to direct their student’s education through online tutoring, the virtual classroom, and n ensuring that their children have a valuable and enjoyable education. The idea behind online tutoring is to strengthen parents' power and ability to draw upon available resources for their own and their children's well-being. Online education and support sessions provide parents the opportunity to acquire a greater understanding of their child’s development and needs based on the involvement of their rights and responsibilities. Parents have the power to control their students education and have the ability to raise successfully educated adults.
“A child’s education is based on the strength of parental support in the home. Parents need to utilize important resources in order to provide the best education for their child”, explains Debbie Cluff, CEO of Links for Learning. She goes on to explain, “Parental involvement is crucial because it holds the ultimate responsibility of the child”. Through online tutoring sessions, the parent is in control of each tutoring session, what goes on in the session and personalized contact with each tutor. Online tutoring presents a learning opportunity for both the parent and the child because of the relationship between the online tutor, the parent, and the student. The ultimate goal for online tutors is to gain insight to their client’s education and to help the parent support their child’s learning style and needs.
Many of the problems in education can be resolved by parental involvement. Richard Riley, secretary of education, explains, “"I always have known that the family was a critical link. Parental involvement must be a focus in the classroom if we are to be able to achieve high academic standards and create productive citizens." Parents have to take control of their child’s education and the additional resources presented online in the home. With the help of online tutoring, parents know have the critical groundwork to increase their child’s learning capability.
Evidence shows a strong connection between parent and family involvement in schools and children's academic achievement, attendance, attitude, and continued education (Henderson & Berla, 1994; Hickman, 1996). Online tutoring makes families feel welcomed, respected, trusted, heard, and needed. This climate is achieved by reaching out to families and providing structures for them to become involved, the result is effective learning environment for every student.
Parents can have this connection with their children when involving education in the home.
Students need to have parental support in order to succeed in their adult life. Parents now can help enhance their learning environment in the home with online tutoring. With the additional support of the online tutor, parents and their children can work together to form the perfect learning environment and union in their home. The value of a quality education can never be underestimated or taken lightly. Online tutoring gives the power of educating their children back to the parents.
Debbie Cluff is the CEO and owner of Links for Learning, http://www.links-for-learning.com, an online tutoring and instant homework help site. She also owns Just for Emma, http://www.justforemma.com, the all gir's needs site. She has her B.A. in child development and her Master's in Education. She has 3 children and is currently in a preschool classroom.