Parental interest is key to education

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I strongly agree with Tony Norman’s comments about the role of parents in his Feb. 18 column (“Biggest Gap in Black Kids’ Learning: Parents”). I always wonder why the role of parents is seldom mentioned when academic achievement and schools are discussed.

When I was in grade school my mother asked me every day about what I had learned. Her interest and encouragement helped me to do well in school and appreciate the value of education. I eventually got a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon.

LARRY KLINE
Oakland


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