Answers to Questions About Learning and School
Parents send their children to school and trust that the "magic" of learning happens. Parents often think they know about school because they went to school. People who have worked in school know it is quite different from what they remember from childhood.
When children have no problems in school, parents don't think to ask questions. When children have difficulties, parents often don't understand the situation and try to deal with the consequences of the problems. This page attempts to simply answer common questions that many parents have about school and how their children learn.
- Why don't my child's teachers teach what my child needs to know?
- Who decides what my child will learn?
- What is taught in each level of school?
- What does it mean that my child's school is in crisis?
- Is this a good system of grading schools?
- What are educators doing?
- What is the difference between remediation and intervention?
- School Safety
- Cognitive Development
- School Readiness
- What do children need to learn?
It is important that children develop the complex language skills. Most conversations are about events or needs between or among individuals. Conversations do not tend to be long or detailed about everything involved, understood, sensed or thought. Our conversations are practical and limited and allow us to function well in life. This is not the type of language that is needed in school beyond third or fourth grade.
- What does language have to do with school?
- What does language have to do with reasoning ability?
- What happens if my child does not develop reasoning skills like others do?
- How important is all this language development to my child's life?
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