Same ole rhetoric:* Test scores will go up* Students will be
more accountable* Tests will require more critical thinking* Hands
on and group work will make students more successful* New research and
studies will provide new methods for teaching.
Good article. I’d like to add a couple of points.Parents, if your
child comes home with a complaint, go and talk to, or email, the teacher.
Don’t automatically jump over the teacher's head and go to the
principal without talking with the teacher first. The teacher is the one most
familiar with your child's school situation and the dynamics of that
particular classroom. Second, give your child a chance to grow up a
little by not jumping in to solve every little thing. Be reasonable with your
extra demands on the teacher. The teacher has at least two dozen other children
in the class besides your little angel.
I taught 40 years. Excellent advice. I might add: set up a time for children to
do homework and a time to study. Don't wait until you are too tired to
think and turn off devices so you can concentrate.