When parents don’t value education
Research suggests that a consistent predictor of academic achievement is parental expectation. And while most parents do expect their kids to graduate from high school and complete some postsecondary education, this is not true for everyone.
What to do
Try to understand why their parents don't value education. This could be the key to overcoming obstacles. Find their passion, then connect them with opportunities (clubs, activities, hobbies) that help ignite that passion. Show them the path to realizing their dreams. A vocational program? An internship? A degree? The clearer the path, the easier it is to make it a reality. Encourage and support their educational goals, while being careful not to overlook the very real barriers to those goals.
Things to consider
Parental expectations directly affect the amount of parentchild communication about school. Parental expectations affect a child’s own aspirations and expectations. Families with high educational aspirations for their children tend to provide more out-of-school learning opportunities for them. Students who reported that their parents expected them to attend college had better attendance and more positive attitudes toward school.