Who’s Got More Influence On Children: School? OR Parents?


The birth of CHILDREN is accompanied by celebrations, fanfare, and lots of joy and happiness. The lucky PARENTS are considered blessed, and they see this child as the next big thing. They try to provide everything that child will need to be successful in life. In this 21st century, we reside in, one of the primary things that child needs is EDUCATION. That is where the role of the SCHOOL begins. They are in charge of shaping the child’s PSYCHOLOGY at that very tender age when it is still easily malleable. EDUCATION, teachers and the SCHOOL go a long way in developing children’s life after the work by parents at home. Take this, for example, the PARENTS are working to provide food and other things needed by the CHILDREN. So, for this reason, the PARENTS are rarely home.

Most likely the CHILDREN will have a maid who maltreats and illtreats them. So they see school as an escape from this torture. Hence,  in school, their teachers are taken as demi-gods, and whatever they say is right. But another situation is when the PARENTS take good care of their CHILDREN, they shower them with love and affection. These children will grow to be profoundly influenced by their PARENTS than by any other. But the CHILDREN in the first example can easily be affected by their teachers. Also, another point to this argument is that while in SCHOOL, CHILDREN meet with peers. This forms the basis for this article, and we will go further into how a child’s PSYCHOLOGY is built.


Research findings have been and are still being carried out to determine the most effective in for the child’s PSYCHOLOGY. These research are carried out with the hope of finding out who is supreme between PARENTS and SCHOOL in influencing CHILDREN. It is a significant source of debate as most experts feel that the family is supreme regarding influence over the child. Their argument is based on the fact that the family is the smallest unit in the society. This they claim makes the family’s influence over the child stronger than that of the school.

The child shares his or her first words with the PARENTS. They take their first steps with the parents and record those fun moments with their PARENTS. Its no wonder they feel the family influence more. Though they agree that the school plays a major role in influencing the decisions and PSYCHOLOGY of the child. This is nothing and only a minute part in comparison to the PARENTS role in that child’s life.

On the part of those with the belief that the school is number one influencer.

They believe that the significant player in influencing the child is the SCHOOL. They most times use this simple representation or example if you may buttress their point. The child goes to SCHOOL from Monday to Friday, and SCHOOL is from 7am-3pm. That means they spend nine hours in SCHOOL every day, and 450 hours in a week. This is enough time for the SCHOOL to influence the child’s PSYCHOLOGY about many things.

But we all can agree that when at home, CHILDREN learn from PARENTS how to behave at home. But when they are outside home, they discover rules about how to behave outdoor. Therefore, at that point, the SCHOOL is the way to improve a child’s PSYCHOLOGY and behavior in a classroom. The aim of this might be to make them more diligent or less rascally. The child’s peer also has significantly more influence on them as they grow and spend more time away from home. At home, most PARENTS would realize that their CHILDREN do not do what the PARENTS say anymore because of peers.

This is the main reason why we say teachers and SCHOOL have such big powers over a child’s development. A good teacher can influence a classroom of CHILDREN and steer them in the right direction. In spite of the fact that we say that the SCHOOL and PARENTS are the leading influencers of the child. I will tilt towards the corner of the family in this argument. Even when CHILDREN grow up, they still yearn for their PARENTS approval. So that means no matter how old they are their PARENTS always have a considerable amount of influence over them.

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