Tiger Parents got another slap round the chops this week, I’m happy to report. Professor Stephen Gorard from Durham University took to the radio to report that if you’re looking to improve kids’ attainment at school, getting parents more involved isn’t a one-way ticket to Eton.
Gorard got airtime because the head of Ofsted would like headteachers to be handing out fines to anyone who ducks out of parents’
evenings consultations, fails to get their kids to do their homework or is, in his esteemed view, a ‘poor parent’.
But this toxic idea rests on the assumption that when parents are more involved, kids do better at school. Seems logical, no? Except that having reviewed all the evidence available, Gorard reports [PDF] that, erm, there isn’t any. [Read more…]