Study finds many Aboriginal parents wary of education system

August 24, 2016

A new study by a researcher at Edmonton’s MacEwan University suggests that the legacy of residential schools has left many Aboriginal parents distrustful of the modern education system. Non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal participants were interviewed and asked about their views of the education system and their level of participation in their child’s education. The study showed that many Indigenous parents felt less comfort and trust with schools and were less likely to be in contact with teachers about problems or to advocate for children. The study also found that the education level of the parent affected the attitude towards education, with Aboriginal parents with more postsecondary education being more trusting and involved. The study’s author added that because many teachers expect parents to be involved, they should be proactive in building relationships with parents and communities.

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