Regardless of how well students are doing or the quality of school class teaching – whetherpublic, private or home-school – school math class teaching should be supplemented. Why? To ensure that students really learn and retain the math they need for college work. This means – ultimately – that both students and their parents must be responsible for making this happen.
Yes – the public school system needs reform. Yes – school administrators need to be held more accountable for administrative bloat. Yes – teachers can always improve their craft. If parents and students don’t do their part student grades on standardized tests will continue to suffer.
Students need to do more – step up and become more “the best students they can be”. Parents work very hard, with longer and longer hours – and often lack patience and teacher skills. That is why, there is a real need for after school programs – particularly for learning math. This is done in all high math achieving countries.
In reality, many families have been doing this for a very long time. There are growing online, charter school and home-school communities. That is why we use a “laboratory concept” in offering after-school resources for teachers, tutors, parents, and students.
Bill Gates’ parents surely didn’t continue flunking Sixth Grade. They put him into a private school with fine teachers where he flourished. (Search the post on Bill Gates.) We offer teaching and learning resources for self- or private tutoring at a more affordable cost.