i think that a lot of the developing world is undergoing a transition period. FACT: more kids are enrolled in school than ever before. this means that a lot of children now are actually achieving higher educational attainment than their parents - How can parents be expected to help their children with homework when they have never held a pen themselves? or how can parents be expected to become involved in school activities when they have to work in order to keep the children at school? Additionally, a lot of kids in developing countries are not only students - they also work! because they have to contribute to household income. Does "improving parents" mean they have to be better educated? does it mean they have to have higher paying jobs so that their children do not have to work? This is an inter-generational effect that has to be allowed to happen, it is a natural part of social and economic development of any country ... one generation at a time i think!