What do highly educated (college & graduate educated) parents DO that less educated(elementary &
high level educated) parents DON'T & WON'T do as far as their children are concerned? What makes highly educated parents more engaged/involved in their children as opposed to less educated parents who are more perfunctory parents?
I'm not sure highly educated parents are more involved than working class parents. I can relate my own experience as my parents were very involved and spent what little $$ they had on Catholic School. My dad had very little education and my mom only had a high school diploma (NYC, Washington Irving Class of '44).
The highly educated (higher income bracket, I'm assuming) usually send their kids to better schools and can afford tutors. That's the difference. Having others do the job that my mother did w/me every night during homework time.
Money makes the difference. All parents are busy. Also, for a higher income bracket, one spouse might be home more. That always helps too.
There are many less educated parents in this world who do not speak to their children enough in the most critical years, ages 1-3, leaving their children to play catch up with their peers (in vocabulary & other areas) in Kindergarten and grade school, if they'll even be able to catch up at all.
There are less educated parents who use electronic devices to babysit (via games, cartoons, music videos, movies, etc.) their children rather than taking their children to a museum, an aquarium, a library, or to historic monuments to LEARN something rather than to distract their child's attention and "keep them quiet."
There are less educated parents who refuse to encourage and support their children's education by not engaging the child, praising the child's progress, visiting the child's teachers, physically going to see the child in school activities such as sports, music, theater, etc.
This is not to say that all less educated parents do these things but I have seen it quite often enough to know and understand the harmful consequences. I've also seen the vast differences that some affluent parents exhibit that boost their child's understanding, productivity, creativity, potential, and success in school and beyond.
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