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6 Signs Your Child May Need a New School
- May 29, 2013
- Posted by: Randall Reiners
- Category: Picking the Best School
As parents, one of the most crucial goals you have for your child is a quality life in an internationally competitive world. A positive, quality educational experience is the critical foundation for a love of learning and succeeding in the higher education world. Becoming successfully employed at established companies or doing something they love with a growing new company also requires top quality K-12 educational experiences. But it all starts with the educational institution you choose for your child every year.
Picking the best school for your child can be a process that starts very early but what happens when your student’s talents emerge, or your school does not keep up with his or her abilities? As parents how do you know when the school your child attends is no longer meeting your and your child’s needs? It might be time to look at a new school.
Here are 6 signs to look for that your child needs a new school:
1. School is easy for your child
Your child earns As. They do little homework and find school easy. This is the number one warning sign that your student needs a new school. The school teaches beneath your student’s academic level and your student is learning far below his or her potential. Students are often happy just going through the motions because they are blissfully unaware of the long-term damage being done to their future. Students should be challenged and learning requires work. School prepares for success in college and the real world. Their future competitors for college, jobs and company start-ups are being challenged now. Who will win when the challenged and accomplished student meets the student who coasted through school?
2. You recognize that the world is more advanced today and US education is not
We all went to school. While we do not have a bionic memory of every subject, people realize that some topics are not being covered sufficiently and this is a symptom of a larger issue.
The United States now ranks 53rd in the world according to PISA. Also, do not kid yourself about “honors” programs or “gifted” programs at traditional schools, they have two key flaws: they do not follow gifted methodologies and their “higher” level is still not internationally competitive against regular students.
3. Your child is good in one subject but struggles in another
Schools do not like to hold students back in a grade level when they are good in many subjects and weak in one. That would be “unkind” and adversely impact the schools’ educational statistics for advancement and graduation rates. The problem is all core subjects are needed in advanced class work, or they would not be considered “core”. This seems helpful in the short term however, it sets students up for failure when it counts in college or the workplace. Every student does better with a school that addresses them according to their needs, yet schools with traditional grade levels cannot accomplish this.
4. Your child is passionately involved in something “extracurricular”
Looking at some of the top professionals, experts and athletes in today’s world – you can see that the seed of their passion did not start magically in college. Today’s schools are not prepared to handle exceptional interests that do not fall into a narrowly prescribed curriculum. If your child excels in engineering, medicine, ballet, web design, horse riding, novel writing or anything outside the norm, getting the focus and desired nurturance in traditional private and public schools is next to impossible.
5. A “bread and circus” attitude with your student with false happiness and self esteem
Parents’ drive for happy kids now has lead to a bread and circus attitude about schools in America. Many schools focus on activities, like plays, lunch, prep rallies, football games, sports and clubs of low quality as social events. Likewise if your child’s focus is here as well and not at some level on learning, he or she is likely not engaged and thus not succeeding.
6. Homework, Homework, Homework
Many schools assign homework because they do not make good use of student’s school time. You may notice that your child doesn’t seem to be grasping the concepts before the next load of homework appears. Shoveling more work into a mind, not fully grasping what is currently being asked of it, is like making deposits in a bank account already closed. Schools should engage and challenge your child while teachers need to provide individual attention to students. Students who work, receive individual attention and are engaged in “do what you love” curriculums are happy and will be successful.
Knowledge is power as they say!
If you are starting to suspect it’s time for a change for your child, at Yorktown Education we can help you make that determination and transition as needed to best meet your child’s educational needs. Contact us now even if you aren’t sure. It never hurts to ask questions.