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Report: The Family: America’s Smallest School
Report » The Family: America’s Smallest School
Barton, P. & Coley, R.
Educational Testing Service
The authors of this report examine many facets of children’s home environment and experiences that foster cognitive development and school achievement, from birth throughout the period of formal schooling. They stress that we should think of strengthening the roles of both schools and families, that schools need parents and communities as allies, and that recognizing the importance of the role families play should in no way lessen the need to improve schools. The report also reveals the complexity of any effort to strengthen the role that families play in educating children, the many levels on which such efforts need to take place, and the sensitivity that is necessary whenever we contemplate the formation and functioning of families — our most important institution, and at the same time our most private one.