Recent studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have concluded that parental involvement in their children’s education is the single most important factor in predicting educational success.

The Assembly of First Nations along with many other Canadian Aboriginal organizations continue to harp on increased government funding as the only answer to the appalling aboriginal drop-out rates from high school. Certainly there is no substitute for good teachers and decent educational facilities but regardless of a family’s socioeconomic background the results are crystal clear; parental involvement such as reading to their young children on a regular basis, getting them to school on time, rested and fed, and rewarding their efforts, are the most important determinants for future success in school and in life beyond. Money alone is not the answer. The ball is in your court mom and dad.