said Governor Markell. “One point that’s made over and over is how critical parental involvement is to student success.”

This is born out by hard research. For example:

While Asian Americans make up only 4% of the U.S. population, Asian-American students make up a much higher percentage of student bodies in top universities around the country. The percentages are astounding: 24% at Stanford, 18% at Harvard, and 25% at both Columbia and Cornell. More Asian Americans over the age of 25 have bachelor’s degrees and advanced degrees than any other race or ethnic group. And after outperforming their colleagues in school, Asian Americans also bring home higher incomes than their non-Asian counterparts – almost $10,000 more annually than the rest of the population (2002 statistics).

Genetics? NO… The reason that Asian students outperform their peers in the classroom has nothing to do with how they were born and everything to do with how they are raised.

While American children are dividing their time between a thousand different extracurricular activities in addition to household chores, Asian students are concentrating more on their schoolwork. The role of Asian children in the family is clear-cut and two-fold:

Respect your elders and obey your parents.

Study hard and do well in school to secure a bright future.

Sound familiar?

My guess is that you probably grew up in a similar environment yourself, since you are here investigating these pages… lol.. In other words, knowing ones place and expectation is necessary to achieve good academic results..

Today, television, texting, social networking, all have more influence on children then their parents. Only if you have none of these in your house, are you immune to their gravitational pull…

From the words of one Asian student who frames it clearly:

Our role during the day was to obey our teachers and do our best in the classroom; our role at night was to obey our parents and focus on our continued studies at home (which included homework, review of previously learned material and any additional assignments our parents gave us). Of course, we also cleaned our rooms, set the table, did the dishes and played outdoors, but we didn’t have the multitude of distractions that many non-Asian children faced once school ended.

This simple formula gets these results…..

24% at Stanford, 18% at Harvard, and 25% at both Columbia and Cornell.

So there is merit.

Now for reality.

I never asked for my parent’s help to do homework. Well, I did once. it was word problems in algebra, and it did help…

But I was able to do the work myself… Today, with my kids, the work is too difficult for them and requires parental assistance, even in the first grade, second grade, third grade, and it is compounded by the lack of teaching instructions..

Here’s an example: first grade homework. Use the associative property to organize the following numbers. Now I barely remember the associative property from early education, and probably use it’s principals at least once in every minute of my life… But I couldn’t explain to you what it is.. so I Google it.. Oh, so that’s it.. I then proceed to teach it because no mention of that was done in classroom… Meanwhile, three calls come in, and email lights up like Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

I don’t have time to teach my kids. That’s the teachers job…

Cut to the chase to save time. Teachers work hard. They are not to blame… The morons who pick out what gets taught and what doesn’t… are to blame.

Yes, it is nice to have a big play for parental involvement… But until you return to the educational system that gave rise to an America that first produce the Atomic Bomb, you won’t fix education. Only when we return to the three R’s, reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, and get those three right, will we then get ourselves back into competition with the rest of the developing countries.