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New. Program Finds Parents, Teachers Working 8yDotothy ftfch." © T'hs VVashtnaton Post OR YEARS.as part of the creative parent program, I've been counselling parents on how to work with teachers. It's always seemed very , reasonable- ts Tne tfial teach. ers should ahd could learn how to work with parents and all the other resources of the home. We know, both from statistics and observations, that a child's school, achievement is intimately connected to his home experiences. Yet, nowhere, even today, in most teacher training is there any coursework or even any discussion art how to work with the home. When 1 suggest su<5h training to deans of those all-powerful schools of education, the usual answer is that it's not. high on their list of priorities. A fine exception to this benighted thinking is the home- school relations course that Prof. James Mymes started years ago for the University of Maryland. ~\< O THER exceptions are beginning to crop up. This spring I started a mini-course for the Arlington County, VaV •public schools tinder the"title, "Building a Better Home- School Relationship." Teacher response' was excellent: The group came voluntarily after school, and a large proportion were principals, the people really able to effect change. The course, intended as a brief survey, touched on some of.these topics: What arc the tensions between home and school? They are with us, and they jefuse to be ignored. What do parents want, from schools? Some of these needs can be met, but others not even the best schools could satisfy. How can teachers help par* ents work more effectively with the schools, as partners in education? We talked spe- . cifics: How to revitalize those P-T.A.'S; how to set up parent-teacher book and equipment libraries; how to offer outlines of the work in each grade along with suggestions on how parents can help at home. , What's going on in parent involvement arourid^he c6un- try? There is developing research in parent participation; there is a gfowing number of demonstration projects. But, to piece them together is almost impossible. Hard as it is td believe, there is no central clear- inghonse tor sucn information that is readily available to parents or teachers. We need ~ to learn from each other, yet there aren't even any lines of commuriication between cities, between schools, or even between classrooms. * Knowledge about what's being done, what worked and what didn't, would be a great as^et to parents and^ teachers trying to effect change. rpHERE has been so much JL talk about parent participation in education that it's sometimes easy to forget that the fundamental discussions have as yet to take place, even" in schools talking' involvement. __.. _ _ _' I'm talking about such nit. ty-gfitty question^ as ."What Is the parents' role in education?" and "How can schools . and parents help each, other?" It would, be useful to have such guidelines so that all this loose talk can lead' to _ productive .practices. i ; Buried deep in a Project, Head \Start document, ''Review o£ Research 1965-1969," is this summary of findings: • "The children of parents who have a high level of participation perform better on tests ot achievement and development. In addition; parents who duplicate in the home special learning activities of the classroom aajtwho are trained in teachingweh- niques, enhance'the learning of their child more than patents teaching without this duplication or with the learning activities confined to the classroom." Similar findings are appearing ^now from many "sources. You'd tl)ink|the ''establishment" would be convinced and would be delighted to welcome parents in as partners. But if Jilst JSBf't ioTyet: ~"~" Even the upcoming 1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth refers to the parent's role in "learn- ing" only ir connection with children's creativity, There's no mention of tte parent's; role in the child's academic work. There has been some concern among educators that • parent participation in education threatens their teaching professionalism. Tlw\>nly_aniwer to this is that leachers are going to have .Jo. become professional In working with parents as well as children. All the signs indicate that the=parentrHf-America today is increasingly "in" . education. If teachers need retraining to cope with this phenomenon, it had best be provided. A PAGE FOR N Women Friday, Mays, 1970 Page 13 Super Summer Salad By Dorothy Ycglin (The Register's Food Editor) W HO HAS much time these days to wear her chef's cap, when a friendly sun prods us to pull on gardening gloves, golf shoes, gad-about gear or just-plain- loafing clothes? Next best thing to staying out of the kitchen all afternoon is a big-as-a-meal dish waiting in the refrigerator until you're ready to whisk it to the table. That'could be a whopping salad loaded with satisfying foods in a combination .such as this. Into the bowl go elbow macaroni, diced luncheon meat, kidney beans, celery and a tangy dressing based on mayonnaise and sour cream. Toss the ingredients together in the morning before you plunge into the day's activities. The thorough chilling will give flavors a chance to mingle and improve the salad's appeal. All you'll need to do while the family assembles in the yard or around the kitchen table is pour the beverage and sjice some French bread (hot packaged rolls would be perfect if you're around to duck into the house -and shove them into the oven). Dessert could have a lavish air without any trouble: Angel cake from the store, topped with ice cream and strawberries or favorite sauce. gardening beckons, this salad waits. Busy-Day Supper Salad 2 cups chopped celery % cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons dry mustard % teaspoon Tabasco sauce % cup sour cream 3 cups cooked elbow macaroni lean (1 lb.) kidney beans, drained 1 can (12 oz.) luncheon meat, diced Combine macaroni, beans, meat and celery. Combine mayonnaise, dry mustard and Tabasco. Stir iri sour cream. Toss with salad mixture. Sprinkle 'with paprika. Chill. Serves 6. Shyness Is Ruining Her life Dear Mrs. Bicker: I am 14 and my problem is shyness and it's ruining my life! I haven't always been so shy. I believe it started in the s e v en th grade. It _ . w a s n' t be- lEfH'AGE cause * went MAIL AMY By Jack Tippit 6-8 "Whafcqi mqtter> Dad,, Jose your lil 1 calorie-counter?" to a new school. I knew all the Eds but it was the teachers who made me shy. I couldn't ask for better teachers, but I'm still afraid of them and this makes me so mad! I can't even get up the courage to ask the teachers questions or. to take part in class discussions. So, as a POINTS FOR PARENTS Mother: "Susie would rath- —€f read than play. We certainly don't want her to use books as an escape from the world. We doa't want an anti- sociat child." Father: "Make her go out and play with the neighborhood children whether she wants to or set." Children turn Into bookworms for many reasons — not all ol them undesirable. If 1^e~ba^-true-iove-ef books and a desire for knowledge, this should be no cause for concern. Encourage her to play and exercise, but don't consider her quiet inter- . ests as harmful ones. »« result I get terrible grades, especially in raath.__ I've Jiad dozens of suggestions for overcoming shyness and don't think I haven't tried. I've joined clubs, but everyone ignores me although I've been told I am cute and have cute clothes. Mrs. RicKer, I have failed in society! "Please help-me, I would prefer to have your help rather than to end up in the "looney bin." —Margie Mrs. Richer says: Any suggestions I might offer will be worthless unless you try to follow them, The first thing y°» most dp is start thinking of yourself as a worthwhile person. Keep this thought in mind, "There are others just as good, but there is not anyone any better than I am." You see, Margie, we have to think well of ourselves jf we want others to think veil of us. 1-suggest you.talk to your math teacher and ask for help. I believe she will be glad to help you. Then when you know there is going to be a class discussion, study the thoroughly, and if After ClothingJMve, Teas Seem Dull By Sandi Risser W ASHINGTON, B.C. - At a time when it's popular .» to set.up commissions to find already\known solutions to social illsxit's refreshing to visit with someone in high government circles who can cite tangible results from a personal project. \, Carol Finch, whose husband Robert is Secretary oi Health, Education and Welfare, has just helped process 15 tons .of clothing for needy school children in the District of Columbia. And now that it's'all over, she admits "going to luncheons again seems pretty pale." "I got into the project quite innocently," Mrs, Finch explains, "after learning that 2,000 school children in the District stay home each day Sandi Rtsser isJAe H»/e o/ James Risser of The Register's Washington Bureau. because they lack proper clothing." Initially the Urban Service Corps asked HEW for $20,000 to buy the clothes, but the funds were not available. Mrs. Finch learned of the problem from her husband and together with Mrs. Gilbert Hahn, wife of the D.C. ~ Mrs. Finch visits with.a young boy at Wash-X ington's Urban Service Corps which sponsored a drive for clothing for needy Washington school children. Mrs. Finch was drive chairman. a city-wide Clothing for Children Drive. Hesitant to take any credit for the successful drive which gathered enough clothes for 3,000 children, Mrs. Finch simply says, "The problem was presented to us and we went to work on it." " And going to work on a project evidently means just that to Carol Finch — she worked from two to six ~hours~a-day-for—six-weeks.- She and Mrs. Hahn had the help of many .volunteers, including their friends and other cabinet wives. The telephone company lent two men to help with the business end. Nearly $15,000 in cash was collected and is being used to buy underwear and shoes. T HE RESPONSE was overwhelming. Mrs. Finch and her group sorted, packed -anrtl-deliyered-3r21&-eo^a-t-Sv- 2,975 pairs of pants, 4,620 dresses, 1,731 girls' slacks, 3,311 blouses, 4,754 shirts, 2,685 skirts, 4,192 pairs of shoes and 4,034 sweaters to 82 schools. In addition, thousands of articles of adult and preschool clothing were sent on to established clothing cen- ters in the city such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army. It's still too early to know whether the children are staying in school now, "but at least we have the satisfaction of knowing that lack of clothing isn't keeping them out," Mrs. Finch emphasizes. While hers was specifically a Washington project, she thinks every city must have a similar problem which could be solved by volunteers using a similar approach. O NE DOESN'T-have to talk to Carol Finch long to realize that nibbling finger sandwiches and salads on the luncheon circujt is not nearly as palatable as actually rolling up her sleeves and getting to work on a project. Still she talks warmly and graciously about her life as a cabinet wife and its privileges and duties. Mrs. Finch, 47, is conservatively chic, w'th a trim, school-girl figure. When interviewed, she was wearing a two-piece jacket dress which just short of her and very 'in' shoes that buckled. Some of her tan could have been a holdover from a tnjKshe and Secre- -tary Finch made to Acapulco, along with theuv. daughter Occidental College in geles^ Other members of the fam ily are Kevin, 16, Prlscilla, 14, and Cathleen, 12. Living in a metropolitan area where / attending private schools is fashionable, the three at- home children of the nation's top education official attend public schools near the family home in suburban Virginia. B EING PART OF official Washington makes the everyday life of Mrs. Finch particularly busy. A routine day might include a morning briefing at some government agency, a luncheon and one or two afternoon appointments. In addition she serves as honorary chairman of several campaigns and these require more meetings, and "the inevitable Inncheons." "I always 'try to be home by 3 pr 4 in the afternoon to be with the children," she says. "Bob is home for dinner two or three nights a week and most weekends are free. Sunday is always a family day at home." For all the excitement and challenge of being part of inside Washington, there are frustrations. "I've become used to living with disorder, and 1 don't like that," she admits. "I really would like to be at home more." rpHOUGH she loves Wash-L ington, her eyes really light up at the mention of California—still "home" to the Finchs—"yes, we surely do •hoperto-go-backrsome-day; "We all miss the California weather." 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