On Monday, as I set out for my parent teacher conference in Washington, D.C., I was reminded of a similar meeting two years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico. Recent and temporary transplants to the area, my husband and I were committed to doing everything we could to help our son integrate into his new school. We understood the importance of parental involvement for a child’s education, particularly its strong influence on a child’s early reading and math skills. We felt a special responsibility to support our son because we had uprooted him to a foreign country where nothing was familiar and enrolled him in a school where even the English teacher struggled with the subjunctive.
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