Parents can help keep kids in school

Montreal Gazette

Sat Dec 14 2013

Re: “Opening doors for ” at-risk kids” (Gazette, Dec. 12)

There are many useful ideas and organizations, such as Youth Fusion, out there, but to help combat the dropout rate, the best weapon to keep kids in school is parental engagement. Evidence has shown that when parents get directly involved with their children’s education, students are more motivated and, consequently, gain higher marks.

The Ontario government launched a “Parent Involvement Policy” in 2010 that provides funding to schools to engage parents in the education of their children, and offers strategies for success (

Quebec has the highest dropout rate in Canada. The government should consider providing more tools and more money to schools, to help our youth stay in school and have a brighter future.

Chris Eustace