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Academic Issues in Public Education
What You Can Do to Help Your
children's academic achievement is dependent upon many
components. A supportive home environment, a
conducive classroom atmosphere, teacher's with a
passion to see their students learn, solid
organizational skills, and a desire by the student to
succeed are just a few of the many components
necessary for a child to achieve.
The reality is that our classrooms are over crowded,
budgets are insufficient, textbooks have to be shared,
violence is rampant, attitudes are either apathetic or
disgruntled and throughout all the mayhem, parents
patiently sit at home waiting for a good report card.
Unfortunately, waiting for a brighter day when it
comes to your child's academic success rarely comes to
pass without parental involvement. When
problems present themselves, the investigative branch
of parenthood evolves as parents begin the grueling
adventure of trying to discover the "root of the
problem". If your child isn't performing up to his or
her potential, it's time to roll up your sleeves and
get busy. Make the calls, write the notes,
schedule the conferences and let your expectations be
known. In a word, (or two)... get involved.
are designed to help you find resources that may be
relevant to your child's academic experiences.
Smarter Kids.com: What
is a "learning style"?
(excerpt) A learning
style is a method a person uses for acquiring knowledge.
Every person learns in his or her own unique way. A
learning style is not what a person learns but
how that person learns it. Again, learning styles
help to explain why one child might learn to recite the
alphabet after reading an alphabet book, another child
might learn the letters by playing with building blocks
that have letters on them while another child might
learn the alphabet by singing "The A, B, C, Song".
As a parent, one of the
most important things you can do to help your child get
a good education is to understand how she
learns—especially if you are concerned that she may be
struggling in school. But sometimes knowing what to do
and where to find help can be confusing.
If your child is having
difficulty in school, she may learn differently from
other kids. If you aren't sure what to do, start here.
FocusOnLearning.org guides you step-by-step with
practical tips and strategies as you seek the right
support for your child.