You only have to look at your local school system to see that there is a problem coming to our traditional school systems.
As students populations move with their parents and out of local school systems, they are faced with financial distress, and more and more jobs are being privatized. Teachers are being laid off, being offered early retirement or, fired.
At the same time, schools are faced with adding more required subjects, longer school days, and higher expectations from politicians and the businesses that are looking for well educated students for future jobs that do not yet exist.
Where does this leave the educational system? It leaves it in disarray, as fewer teachers teach more and more students, aides are being employed without the proper training, and even unpaid volunteers are being recruited to help out.
The those teachers who remain are overwhelmed with large work loads and their were fewer students, in the past, who have needed extra. Now those who need extra help are are a growing a growing segment of the student population.
Our schools are becoming assembly lines. if you do not fit into their self motivated mold, you will not move through their traditional system. You are then demoted to alternative schools that are felt by the school system to be less desirable or given up on. This is a critical problem, is not being addressed, and creates an underclass of under-performing students who may fail to succeed.
So what is the answer to this dilemma? More time for help with the teacher is one answer but few teachers have any real time to spend in this manner. This is unrealistic in today’s school environment. Peer tutoring is another possible answer, but they are untrained and are not usually prepared to communicate on the level of the prospective tutored student, or fluent in the coursework which the student needs. In Home tutoring, is a better alternative but their is a lot of wasted traveling time traveling. It is inconvenience for the student and teacher. Also, you may be unable to find the right tutor for your student.
The most realistic answer, in my opinion, is to match the student with an online tutor or teacher who is qualified and trained in the subject area you need, prepared to deal with the students on their level, listen to the needs of the student the information to understand the subject without doing the work for them.
It will be necessary to use technology in which they are most comfortable, the modern computer. By all means be selective in your choice, and ask probing questions of the tutor that make you comfortable with your choice.
Your decision to employ the services of the right tutor may help your child to keep up with their classes, graduating on time with their classmates, and keep them on the path to the education they will need to succeed in tomorrows difficult job environment.