Contrary to this depiction, recent work with Latino families has shown that Latino parents do care about and believe in the importance of formal education. Latino parents are involved in their children's academics, but their involvement typically goes unrecognized by school personnel because of its less typical nature (Campos, 2008).
Latino Parents Support Education in Non-Traditional Ways
In general, Latino parents promote their children's academics by:
- Placing a high value on education.
- Motivating their children to do well academically.
- Monitoring or "keeping an eye" on them.
- Providing emotional support for academic endeavors (Ceballo, 2004; Romo & Falbo, 1996).
- Encouraging and motivating their children via narratives of the hardships that the family has experienced (Lopez, 2001; Villanueva, 1996).
- Emphasizing the importance of education as a way out of manual labor.
- Excusing them from doing chores, keeping other siblings quiet while doing homework, or expressing pride for their academic success (Ceballo, 2004).