Shawn On the Border Posted December 16, 2011 Share Posted December 16, 2011 Ds16 is at the local public school, in 10th grade. As I've posted before, he has been struggling with the math and science. The work for these subjects is very challenging, but the teachers often don't teach the material. Mostly, they have the kids learn from the book or handouts, and they are there for questions (after the homework is due). His Culinary Arts class has only cooked a few times. Most of the time, the kids read the textbook in class and answer the chapter questions in writing. I thought he had a good English teacher until I asked ds if he took notes in class. He said they usually don't talk in class! Usually they are reading or writing essays at their desks. She gives them reader's study guides to answer questions and then asks for questions when they are done. REALLY?? Is this how they study literature now? Yesterday, I brought ds13 to his new piano teacher. One of the reasons I chose her is because she teaches music theory. Most of the teachers around here teach theory through a computer program, and I thought it would be better to have a teacher. She showed us the books that she uses and said that she liked them, because the kids could learn the material on their own, and then she could answer their questions. Am I out of the loop? Did I miss some great change in education since I was in school? When I was in high school, and even college, teachers taught the students the material. Then, they would go home and work on assignments. You didn't even need to read the book if you understood the lecture. I don't remember one teacher or professor that I had that expected the students to learn entirely on their own. This really disturbs me- not just for my son, but for the kids who don't learn well on their own. Their must be a lot of kids that fall through the cracks. Ds16 is an advanced student, with a good memory. What about the kids who don't catch on so fast, who don't have parents to help them, push them, or pay for tutors? It is so sad. Do you think it is this way in most schools? Are most public schools like this? I wonder if private school would be better, if they had smaller classes? I'm just not sure what to do for next year. Would it be any better at another school?:confused: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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