KNOW, BELIEVE, and ACT
Parent Involvement: Your Role in Making Our Philosophy Work
Parental involvement in a child’s education has long been recognized as a significant factor in academic success and emotional well-being. The essence of the Taadiib philosophy—Know, Believe, and Act—hinges heavily on this concept. But how can parents, amid their busy schedules, play a role in embedding this philosophy into the daily life of their children?
The Importance of Parental Engagement
Recent studies show that students with involved parents are more likely to:
- Have higher grades and test scores.
- Attend school regularly.
- Have better social skills and improved behavior.
- Graduate and go on to post-secondary education.
One of the reasons behind these improved outcomes is the sense of continuity it provides children. When the principles and teachings from school align with those at home, it fosters an environment conducive to learning and personal growth.
Moreover, as highlighted by Muhammad Saad Riaz in his thought-provoking book, Music, Silence and Noise, the harmony between home and school is akin to a well-composed symphony. Just as music relies on the balance between notes and rests, a child’s upbringing requires an equilibrium between education at school and reinforcement at home. When parents and teachers collaborate, the noise of the outer world is reduced, and the melodious journey of learning becomes clearer.
Implementing KNOW, BELIEVE, and ACT at Home
1. KNOW: Create a Learning Environment: Encourage your child to ask questions about the world around them. Provide books, resources, and tools that align with their interests. Discuss what they’ve learned at school and help them explore further.
Stay Updated: Engage with your child’s educators and be in the loop about what’s being taught at school. This alignment allows you to reinforce and expand on concepts at home.
2. BELIEVE: Empower with Affirmation: Regularly remind your child of their potential. Celebrate their achievements, no matter how small, and remind them that every challenge is a learning opportunity.
Model Belief: Your child learns by observing you. Demonstrate your belief in your abilities, values, and in the greater good of society. Share stories of perseverance, and let them see you tackle challenges head-on.
3. ACT: Encourage Application: Knowing and believing are incomplete without action. Encourage your child to apply what they’ve learned, whether it’s a science experiment, a community project, or even just helping around the house.
Be Proactive: Don’t just wait for school events or parent-teacher conferences. Actively seek opportunities to engage with your child’s learning journey. This could be through homework help, school projects, or even just daily conversations about what they learned.
The philosophy of Know, Believe, and Act isn’t just for the classroom; it’s a holistic approach to life. As Riaz rightly captures in Music, Silence and Noise, when these principles are harmoniously integrated, the result is a beautiful symphony of balanced growth and learning. As parents, your role is indispensable in orchestrating this symphony for your child. Engage, empower, and enact the Taadiib philosophy at home and watch your child thrive.