Maybe you didn’t set out to put education first. But something got your attention. And you wondered how to help your child.
- Was it your child’s unhappiness?
- Her lack of safety?
- His need for authentic community?
- Or a problem in the classroom?
4 Red Flags Signaling Your Child’s Education May Need to Change
1. Your child feels unsafe.
Sure, we can all overreact, and some generations of us are labeled “helicopter” or “snowplow” parents. However, if your child isn’t protected from violence, bullying or environmental concerns, his or her ability to focus on education is stunted. Learning can’t take place if children aren’t safe. You may sense it’s time for a change in your child’s education if he or she feels unsafe.
2. Your child isn’t being seen and known in his learning environment.
A good education takes place in the context of relationship. Whether your child is a typical learner, has learning challenges or is advanced, a talented teacher is able to know each of his students and direct them based on what he knows.
If your child is getting lost in the shuffle or his enthusiasm for learning has declined, you may want to consider a change in his education.
3. Your child’s time is overrun by his school and homework schedule.
A healthy schedule does not demand an excessive number of hours in a child’s week, especially for younger children. If your child’s school travel, daily schedule, and nightly homework routines are leaving him cranky and stressed, it can be a recipe for mental health challenges. Children need free, unscheduled time in order to develop strong, healthy brains.
4. Your child isn’t getting a strong academic education.
The right educational setting will provide the materials and teaching that helps your child learn the skills and knowledge appropriate for his or her grade level. Not every child should complete exactly the same work in each grade level. However, you should be seeing progress in the skills and knowledge that your child exhibits. If there is no progress (or no challenge), you may want to consider something different.
Putting your child’s education first does not have to be overwhelming.
- Choosing the right school for your child can feel complicated to navigate on your own, without help.
- Considering the physical, social, emotional, and academic ramifications may feel heavy and burdensome.
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