There is no simple response to this question because there is such a diversity of parents and such a diversity of schools. The overall mission statement of each school reflects what parents want their children to learn in school.
However, some schools do not have an overall mission statement and so one has to infer the mission from smaller pieces: examples include the name of the school, current students’ projects, teachers’ letters to parents, and promotional material available on websites.
The ideas below are based on this information. We are not suggesting that these ideas constitute a complete list as there is likely to be other important things that parents want their children to learn in school.
Ability to Think for Themselves
Parents want their children to learn how to think for themselves, be creative, and be innovative. In an age where technology is constantly evolving, it is more important than ever for students to have the ability to think critically and come up with new ideas.
Ability to Work Independently
Along with the ability to think for themselves, parents want their children to be able to work independently. This means that they are self-motivated and can take initiative. They also know how to ask for help when needed.
The Ability to Communicate Effectively
It is important for students to be able to communicate effectively not just orally but also in writing. This includes being able to write clearly and concisely, as well as understanding the different types of written communication such as emails, memos, and reports.
The Ability to Collaborate with Others
In order to be successful in the workforce, it is important for students to know how to work collaboratively with others. This includes being able to work in groups and manage projects.
Understanding Our World
Parents want their children to learn about the world around them, both locally and globally. It is important for students to be aware of current events as well as the history that has brought us to where we are today.
The Ability to Identify Problems
It is important for students to have the ability to identify problems and come up with solutions. This includes being able to look at issues from different perspectives, analyze the situation, and develop a plan of action.
Critical Thinking Skills
Along with being able to think critically about ideas presented in the news or other media, parents want their children to be able to think critically about any information that they encounter, such as the material that they read in textbooks or online.
In conclusion, parents want their children to learn a range of skills in school. These skills will help them be successful both in the workforce and in life.