York Prep: Parents Play Key Role in Kids’ Education

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The role that parents play in a child’s education can impact their academic success. York Prep is encouraging parents to assist their children with their assignments and facilitate comprehension of lessons.

NewarkAdvocate.com reports that the involvement of a parent can improve the academic achievement of their kids. York Prep, a private school in New York City, agrees that students can better comprehend the material when they have support at home. Ronald Stewart, Headmaster of York Prep, is strongly encouraging the parents of his students to assist their kids with their homework assignments in an effort to ensure that they understand the information that their teachers have presented.

The article asserts that, “In order for our children to profit the most from their educational experiences, parents should get involved and stay involved—the earlier in the process the better. This not only sharpens the children’s learning abilities but also is a great way for parents to spend quality time with their kids.”

While the article does encourage parents to get involved, it warns against doing the work for the students. Stewart notes that this will not help the students, as it will deprive them of a learning opportunity, and that parents should play a more supportive role. For example, the article notes, they can check their homework and further explain any concepts that are challenging their children.

“The fundamental attitude to education by parents of a child, the degree to which they treasure and respect it, will affect the way the child succeeds in our educational system,” asserts Stewart. “If a child sees that their parents value education, they will take their success seriously. Whether parents need to help in homework depends on how the child is doing. If the child is not doing well, then every help possible should be utilized, including parental assistance with regard to the comprehension of the concepts presented in the homework. Actually doing the homework, on the part of the parents, does not make sense because it may give the teacher the illusion that the student has comprehended the material. But helping develop that comprehension is a totally different issue and completely valid. Reading the book that the child has to read and discussing it at the dinner table is a wonderful way for a parent to enter into the educational process in a meaningful way. Playing math games, telling stories of one’s own struggles with educational challenges, commenting on the news of the day; all of this makes up the cultural richness of a home where young people will thrive.”

Stewart encourages the parents of students to remain involved in the academic efforts of their children. By supporting their kids when they do their homework, they can improve their children’s understanding of the material.


Located in New York City’s Upper West Side, York Prep is a private school that caters to the academic needs of students in grades six through 12. Founded by Ronald and Jayme Stewart, who are still largely involved in the running of the school as Headmaster and a college counselor, respectively, York Prep has 340 enrolled students.

For more information regarding York Prep, visit http://www.yorkprep.org.

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