As a former Deputy Head and Class Teacher for over 20 years I read with interest this article by Annie Murphy Paul in TIME IDEAS about the importance of parenting !

“Given all the roiling debates about how America’s children should be taught, it  may come as a surprise to learn that students spend less  than 15% of their time in school.

While there’s no doubt that school is  important, a clutch of recent studies reminds us that parents are even more so.  A study  published earlier this month by researchers at North Carolina State University,  Brigham Young University and the University of California-Irvine, for example,  finds that parental involvement — checking homework, attending school meetings  and events, discussing school activities at home — has a more powerful influence  on students’ academic performance than anything about the school the students  attend.
Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/10/24/the-single-largest-advantage-parents-can-give-their-kids/#ixzz2DyzJWsPZ