The Age newspaper recently highlighted the issue of so-called “helicopter parenting” at universities. The report talked of parents contacting lecturers to ask about their adult children’s grades, sitting in on meetings with course coordinators and repeatedly phoning academics to inquire about students’ progress.
Private tutoring is a growing business, with people spending hundreds of billions of dollars. But is it worth it? And how does a person pick among all the options?
If you are considering hiring a tutor, here are five tips to keep in mind.
I make these recommendations as a former higher school math teacher, current Ph.D. candidate in math education and veteran private tutor in math, science and humanities for students from elementary through university level.
1. Identify your g…
In Ontario's full-day kindergarten, a child's development is informed by a play-based, curiosity-driven approach skillfully guided by the educator team. The classroom is bright with enough room for 26 kindergarten kids to move around their stations of discovery. A girl plays with water, pouring too much from a big container into a smaller one, watching the overflow, trying again. It’s easy to imagine her 30 years later in her post-doc science lab.
Another child wanders around, spinning wildly. ADHD? Possibly. I watch Michelle, the early childhood educator, firmly at…
There is a payoff of early quality childhood education for families, for communities and for economies but especially for child development. If a formula existed for giving children something that reduced the need for, or intensity of, later special education that can be both emotionally and financially costly, wouldn’t it be excellent?
Such a formula does exist. It’s called quality early childhood education.
I was part of a team of special education researchers that examined the impact of early childhood education in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. …