ASG Parents Report Card 2017: Parents want more focus on social skills

by Nicole Gundi | Oct 19, 2017
Parents are powerful and that’s why the ASG Parents Report Card in collaboration with Monash University continues to draw attention and make headlines across Australia and New Zealand. 
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We recently released the third edition of the ASG Parents Report Card and what shines through is that parents want a well-rounded education for their children. However, cultural differences do come into play, which influences the aspirations they have for their child’s academic success and the expectations about teaching sexual education and social skills. 

ASG CEO John Velegrinis says the report confirms that parents want teachers to play a greater role in developing their child’s life skills.

“Historically, social and life skills are taught within the home and the development of skills and knowledge needed for a successful career have been taught in school. However, perceptions about what equals academic success is changing and so, for today’s parents social and life skills are becoming an increasingly important element in education.

“There was a strong but divided stance though on discussing topical issues, such as sexuality and cyber safety; with the level of input depending on the cultural background and age of the child,” adds Mr Velegrinis. 

For example, the ASG Parents Report Card reveals only 25 per cent of Australian parents believe that sexual education is best learnt at school versus 62 per cent of Indian and other Asian parents. Furthermore, 74 per cent of Australian parents agree they can openly talk about sex at home, but this falls to 60 per cent for Indian and other Asian parents.  
In New Zealand, less than a third (32 per cent) of parents believe that sex education is best learnt at school versus 58 per cent of Indian and other Asian parents. In addition, 69 per cent of New Zealand parents agree they can openly talk about sex at home, but this falls to 45 per cent for Indian and other Asian parents.  

Associate Professor Shane Phillipson, Faculty of Education, Monash University says, “while the topic of sex education may be culturally dependant, parents, teachers and schools must have ongoing discussions about the role of sexuality and sex education to best determine how much of it is part of the curriculum, and what needs to be done at home. This is important to make sure no child misses out on this essential developmental opportunity,” 

The ASG Parents Report Card 2017 demonstrates the value of building strong parent-school partnerships to enable a greater understanding of expectations and responsibilities to ensure that children are kept at the heart of what we do in education. 

Download the ASG Parents Report Card 2017 (Australia) 
Download the ASG Parents Report Card 2017 (New Zealand)

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