Parents and students can launch a great school year with these expert tips

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  • worf McAllen, TX
    Aug. 17, 2018 8:25 p.m.

    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.

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 17, 2018 6:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 17, 2018 6:11 p.m.

    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.