A recent study revealed that fathers who participate actively towards their children’s development and education encourage positive results overall
A study conducted by a Policy Research foundation within the United Arab Emirates revealed that children who have fathers who get involved and take a hand in their education tend to have greater self-esteem, a big positive outcome in itself.
The report focused on the impact of a father’s general involvement in upbringing and education on boys, and how males, in general, are disengaging from education due to a significant rise in so-called “automated” jobs.
The study, conducted by Susan Kippels, Brian J. Chung, and Natasha Ridge, suggested that as jobs typically pursued by “working class” men are evolving and changing rapidly, adult men and boys alike will have to find purpose through committing to education.
Study suggests a variety of methods to get fathers engaged from an early age in the education of their sons
Suggestions in the report to get fathers to participate more include reading to their male children from as young an age as possible, to dispel the image of being a reader and enjoying books as a feminine trait, as well as discouraging excessive time spent on online games.
Other suggestions include starting initiatives to boost the number of men completing and entering programs for teacher-training, possibly though offering more “boy-friendly” activities and tactics to attract potential candidates.
On an international scale, the report proposed developing a portal online – a sort of hub – where resources promoting educational materials and resources directed at boys and men.
This sort of approach could eventually lead to the creation of an award process for plans and suggestions to support boys at-risk and their respective families.