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Family is the basic unit of society. Learning starts at home. It represents the educational impact of family on children. Children acquire various experiences from the various activities and influences from the people he/she cohabits. It has been proven that parental encouragement combined with learning support in school promotes children’s physical, intellectual, social-emotional development which prepares them for academic achievement in primary and beyond.    I have been teaching for almost 15 years and it has been a huge question for me why some children have better performances in school than the others. If the studies are indeed true, why do some parents that I have talked to, despite all the things they have done, their kids still underperform in school? Does it just mostly parent factor or there other factors that could affect a child’s education? Does it also mean that if a student is indeed an achiever in school, he/she is well educated?    Different cultures view education in different ways. Parents of Asian backgrounds tend to get very much involved with their children’s education. Some are even called Tiger parents. Several Asian kids are expected to excel in everything whether at school, sports, arts, extra-curricular activities, etc. With that expectation, parents send their children to different classes such as after school tutorials, musical instrument lessons, sports lessons, etc. A lot of Asian kids are also directed to only one path, which is to go to the best university available, land the best job possible, get married to a fellow well-bred Asian or “person”, have kids in their late 20’s and live a comfortable life in their 30’s with their family.    There also some factors that could affect a child’s education. First is the child’s socio-economic status. Sad to say, most children from a better economic background are not necessarily smarter but perform better than those who come from single-parent households or very poor backgrounds. Children from affluent families have access to after school tutor, support and resources. Thus, children from a better economic background have greater parental attention. Children from poor background tend to think education as secondary as to getting a job or surviving.    The environment and teachers also affect children’s education. With most of the countries’ education problems going on, some schools cannot provide a decent learning environment. With budget cuts here and there, public school teachers are forced to teach subjects they aren’t specialized teaching at. Resources are scarce and the quality of education is sub-standard. Some parents, although they want their children to get the best education as possible, have no choice but to send their children to this kind of school.    Sadly, learning is not only by the book. A children’s desire to learn plays a vital role in his/her education. Desire can probably overcome everything. Whether a child comes from a good economic background or the poorest family, if she/he has the desire to succeed then nothing can stop her. A child from the poorest background, problematic parents but with the desire can be the next Bill Gates.   A child’s readiness to learn is determined by the resources he/she has access to, the best nutrition, the health care he/she needs, and the enriching activities their parents could provide them.   As a teacher, it is also my responsibility to cater to my student’s needs Having a good relationship with my students can only not help them academically but also emotionally. To be effective, I should have the utmost tolerance and empathy for children of different backgrounds. With that saying, parents are also accountable for their children’s education. As their children’s role model, parents are the ones who set a standard for their kids. Parents influence their children's educational choices from a young age to adulthood. Although the parent’s role plays a big factor in a child’s education, there are also other factors should be considered such as cultural, environmental and the child’s desire to learn.    Being a parent isn’t easy. If you’re not ready for it, then don’t go through it.