Now’s the time to select courses for next year. Placing your child in the correct classes is a very important decision and can set the stage for either a pleasant year, or a stressful one.
You child’s teachers have been monitoring their progress since September. They know the strengths and weaknesses of your child and also know about the requirements of the courses for next year.
If your child is doing well this year, that’s not necessarily an indication that they should be ‘bumped up’ a level. Unless they are making high As and say they want more of a challenge, you may be setting up your child to be stretched too thin next year.
Conversely, if you have a student who’s been struggling all year, you may want to ask the teacher’s opinion about actually dropping down a level. There’s no shame in admitting that your child is in over their head.
If your child is going into or currently in high school, I’d also take your child’s desires into consideration when planning for post graduation. Do not automatically assume they are going into college. If they are not self motivated and/or do not like school or reading, then they very likely will not see the value in getting up to go to classes, preparing for them, writing the papers and studying for the few tests they will have. You may want to discuss career options that include technical training. They may be able to learn skills that give them the chance to get a career with opportunity for growth in a field they enjoy.
Think about the years 18-22: would you rather pay for tuition where they’re barely passing, or have them make their own money, learn independence, and feel pride that they are making a wage doing honorable work?
An education should be to discover what your child can learn and achieve- not what they can’t do. You may ‘know’ your child, but in this area, their teachers know more. You may see them doing their work at home, but if the teacher records zeros for assignments not handed in, your child may be sending you a coded message. They may be in their room ‘studying’ all night, but if they are not testing well, have you quizzed them on the material the night before to make sure they knew the content?
True, every child deserves opportunities. But if a teacher thinks the child is truly not at the point of readiness for a certain step in their education, then the opportunity you may actually be providing is to set them up for failure.
Please keep your own ego and motivation in check if you are considering overriding either your child or their teacher’s thoughts regarding class selection for next year.
Make it your #153Promise to trust the teachers to know what’s best regarding your child’s scholastic abilities to give your child every opportunity to succeed.