What Kids Don’t Learn in School
What Kids Don’t Learn in School
The typical reaction to this diary-worthy idea from a former teacher is along the lines of, “Well, it’s not exactly like those documentaries, Kid’s Stuff, orification videos, maybe…”
Yes, kind of like watching birds with binoculars, except it’s on your computer. Or maybe that’s what you’re supposed to do, upgrade your skills like upgrade your computer-skill. Whatever the case may be, just remember, you don’t really have to change that lifestyle, you just have to find a way to monitor your kids learning, make sure they’re getting the extra help (maybe with a tutor or parent), and remember that knowledge is power.
Here’s what I suggest:
Get the DVD version of the video. Look at the time it takes to watch it, and the cost, and see if it’s something you’d like to upgrade yourself. Kids really need at least a basic understanding of computer programming, and knowing how to use a computer. You don’t have to be a computer expert, but you do need to know. More than many parents realize, teaching math is just as much of a mindset as being able to read. Kids need it just as much of the time.
Get a tutor. I went to a tutoring center last fall. I got a one-on-one tutor for my son. He’s doing much better. I didn’t ask for a lot of specifics, but he did use a lot of math. I also noticed that his class wasn’t as complicated as the public school math classes. I think that’s because he got real practical exercises in real classrooms, rather than just standing in a classroom writing problems. I paid $75 per hour for him. It’s a fraction of what I’ve been paying him for months to come up with charts and brains-to-notes.
I also noticed that he had no classroom management problems or discipline problems. He got along with all the other kids very well, and he even danced one time! I couldn’t believe it. The only thing I could think of to judge him by was that he had to do something with a pen and a paper, but for some reason, that bothered him. I think he may have been reminded at how much he talks when he’s excited.
The bottom line is that I’m still very impressed with the tutoring I’ve done for my son, even though he’s still young. I’m amazed that a Tutoring company could realize a profit and still provide service to a young child in a public school who needs help? And to see a little boy from a public school be so engaged and interested in math? It’s magical!
And now, two school districts have approved Tutoring companies’ applications to provide services for their students. What’s even better, those two school districts are evaluating the applicants to see which companies can provide them with the most-designed tutoring program. I imagine what the process must be like: the school, the teacher, the parent, the student, and the tutor. How would it go?
And now, fast forward to this past May 2007. One of those tutoring companies, Tutorious, had a contest in which their tutors won a brand new interactive 2006 Lincoln Continental (see attached picture). The prize was $2500. Obviously, the contest was in celebration of their tutoring service’s one-year anniversary.
Now, one of the things that I recommend to my son, who is now a senior, is to check out the free services of Tutorious. This may not seem important to you, but I have to wonder: will you choose a tutor service that shows the quality of their tutors? I don’t think so. You want a service where the tutors are top-notch. They need to clearly and visibly show their talents. I think Tutorious nails this event.
However, the important thing is that you assess the company first on their website. Are their tutors top-notch? If not, there’s something wrong with their procedures. Also, if a company doesn’t official have a website, how will you contact them? After all, most people would be first to write a letter, right?
So where to start? I think the best place is with the tutors’ personal website. You can read the most detailed positive reviews, but they really should be hard to miss. In fact, the more positive reviews you have, the less likely companies are to succeed. You can also look at their social networking pages. How dedicated are they to their clients? There’s value in that.
Another place to look is in the Simply Mentor Guides. I don’t think it makes sense to randomly pick a guide and go from there. Instead, simply ask questions that will help you make a reasonable conclusion. What Kids Don’t Learn in School