Do parents trust their children’s teachers? Do teachers trust their student’s parents? A study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Paris suggests that the trust is often a one-way street.
From the study:
“In both the US and the UK, parents were found to display higher levels of trust for teachers than the teachers do for parents. Parent trust is especially high at primary school but reduces when children go up to secondary school.”
Trust is important. In fact, trust is an important component of learning. Increasingly, educators are noticing and writing that parents matter and that it is imperative to build parental engagement in schools. Parents trust teachers and they need to trust themselves. But more importantly teachers need to trust parents. By trusting parents and working with them teachers can maximize the educational benefit for the students.