September 24th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

Dads ‘march’ to schools

by Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) - Across the country, fathers are taking part in public events aimed at sending a critical message: Dads’ involvement in education is crucial for school children.

In New York, it’s become a state-wide celebration, appropriately entitled “Dads take your child to school.”

In parts of the country, the events are inspired by the “Million Father March.”

Numerous studies show that kids with involved fathers have all sorts of academic advantages, including better linguistics skills, an improved ability to handle stress, and some other “hidden benefits.”

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  1. sheldon

    i can believe it. My dad taught me the importance of being able to communicate with different people at an early age.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  2. Debbie

    Hey, my twins age 22 years and son age 31, all had a Dad in school. Field Trips, and meet the teacher meetings, IEP meetings, he was there along with mom. Our children knew we were part of the team. Involved parents, keep school administration on their toes. They also respect and admire parents that are involved.

    September 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Kimi

      Keep us on our toes? An involved parent is one who respects his child's teacher, listens and understands that the teacher is only one person of a million who has an influence on the kids' life. This being said, parents are part of the problem with why their kids are so dumb. Not pointing fingers at any one, but most of the parents that I have worked with want their kid to 'just pass' the class. There is no thought on integrity or discipline. No, the parents think their children are the best of the best and want their kid to have everything. Tough. If I have to fail your kid because you let him go to football practice instead of studying, I will do it. You can pay for summer school. So get off MY toes and on those of your child.

      September 25, 2012 at 7:29 am |
  3. Talley-Wacker

    Black fathers?? Is this real?

    September 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • janet

      And who says ignorance is bliss. Your words show just how stupid you really are.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • John

      Your comments are totally ignorant. Fatherless children come from all kinds of cultures and races. At the end of the day it about the children being with their father regardless of the race.
      So go back into your hole and wake up to reality. Its a crisis for all children and needs to change.Only with positive role models not like you with your racial innuendos and negativity from a good story about dads.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  4. Vizier

    Surprised the feminists haven't criminalized this yet. After all, American society has pushed the notion that every man is a potential creep or rapist for the past thirty years.....

    September 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • John

      Although I agree to a certain extent it will only change when we show the world differently by being involved as dads in a positive way. Women had done a great job its time for men to step up and be positive role models. Until then you can argue all you want with them in a negative way. It has not worked to date so why bother.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  5. SJS

    I got bored reading this article half-way through. Josh Levs, could you make future articles shorter? This one was a little wordy.

    September 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  6. i like dads but...

    what a lame article! if this is all that can be said about "numerous studies" then it doesn't sound like CNN actually believes that children benefit from having involved fathers. And maybe some explanation of "hidden benefits".... lame

    September 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm |