Why Involved Fathers Play a Critical Role in a Child’s Education

Beth Dumbauld

This weekend, we’re honoring StraighterLine students and fathers whose commitment to earning a college degree was motivated by their desire to pass on the value of higher education to their children.

Involved Fathers are Powerful Role Models

According to the National Center for Education, fathers who get involved in education have kids who are more likely to:

  • Do well academically
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Enjoy school

Research on involved fathers from the Department of Education and Health and Human Services has shown:

“…Fathers, no matter what their income or cultural background, can play a critical role in their children’s education. When fathers are involved, their children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. Even when fathers do not share a home with their children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact.

Sharing the College Dream with Family

Johnny ChapmanJohnny Chapman, a father dedicated to realizing his dream of earning a college degree, completed eight StraighterLine courses – and is on the fast track to earning his degree from Life Pacific College.

Johnny’s decision to go back to school revived his love of learning, which in turn, caught on with his whole family:

“When I started college, I simply wanted to finish my degree,” Johnny says. “Now it’s been almost two years, and I’ve realized how much I appreciate learning. I’ve modeled this for my kids and instilled in them the value of education. My children have caught the dream, and they’re pursuing careers that are relevant to their passions.”

Keeping a Promise to a Son

ND_studentNino Diaz, a working father on the fast track in his career in the financial services industry, completed five StraighterLine courses – and earned his degree at StraighterLine Partner College, Colorado State University Global Campus (CSU).

Nino was able to keep promises he made to himself long ago, both as a father and as a professional.

"I made a goal to graduate from college before my son completed his high school education," he explains. "This is important to me since I have been encouraging him to attend college as a traditional age student. StraighterLine helped to reinvigorate my motivation and complete my goal of being a role model to my son.”

To involved fathers everywhere, and those about to take the first step towards earning a college degree, you have what it takes. Happy Father’s Day!

What role did your father play in your education? What’s  your inspiration for pursuing a college degree? 


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