VIEWPOINT: What kids learn outside the classroom

Like many discoveries, my first “aha” moment about the importance of parents’ involvement in their children’s school success occurred when I was investigating something else. In 1999, shortly after I arrived in Indianapolis to work at Conner Prairie, I set out to learn how kids rated their school visits to the museum. I located a fourth-grade teacher who would let me and museum researcher Jane Hetrick talk to students. She happened to be the teacher of an “Inquiry” class, Washington…

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