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Are schools moving too fast for kids nowadays?

post #1 of 26
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Do you think schools are zipping along with their material too quickly and not giving kids a chance to absorb it really well or do you think that schools are moving along at just the right pace?

At my dd's school, I think things are going way too fast. My dd is a bright child and makes good grades, but sometimes I feel like the school is just flying through the material. Just when my dd finally gets the hang of something, they throw something else at the class. I also think they're introducing things a little too early. Recently, my dd (3rd grade) had a science test on mass and weight. A friend's ds (also in 3rd grade) had a test on bones in the body. She jokes that her ds will probably be going to med school next year. Isn't it a little early to be worried about mass and bones? Shouldn't schools be focusing on the three r's in the first three grades?

What do you think?
post #2 of 26
My boys always master things really quickly, so maybe I am not a good one to ask!! My boys are always looking for more challenges and love getting new things. I think they move at a pretty good pace.
post #3 of 26
Absolutely!!!!!!!! If they are confused on one thing, they are going to be lost because they are on to the next right away. It's upsetting to see.
post #4 of 26
Well I'm the opposite!! I think our schools need to be harder. Currently the US curriculum is not nearly as strenuous as many other countries. We live in a community where there are many asian immigrants, and they always are displeased at how slow the US teaches especially math. My kids have many asian friends who go to "saturday school" where they receive additional math training. Their parents also make them do lots of extra math stuff online. Of course all these kids then excel at school too.

What I DO think is that I wish there was more emphasis in the lower grades on just reading, writing, and arithmetic....like in the old days...like you said. It seems like they're trying to teach so many things that everything gets diluted. Then gradually introduce science, social studies, and foreign language. I could do away with all the silly convocations and ridiculous PC things and just concentrate on basic academics. We're blessed to be in a really good and large enough school system that there are classes offered for all levels. So my dd can take very difficult challenging classes like she wants, my ds can take the "average" type classes, and there are many classes offered for slower learners.

There have been a few times when my kids were having trouble with a particular concept and we would just work extra hard with them too ( I don't know what was up with my ds, but I thought he would NEVER learn to tell time). I think it the unlucky kids who have parents who won't or aren't able to work with them that fall between the cracks.
post #5 of 26
My children are young, so I am taking it from a early school age perspective.

I was the type of student who excelled at everything, loved learning, and did really, really well in school without too much effort. However, I was also the stressed out, worried about grades, trying to keep my ranking in my class, overachiever, too. I do NOT want my children to be stressed out like I was all the time! My parens never pushed me because, frankly, they never had to, I pushed myself too much for them.

So, yes, I see it as too much too fast. My kindergartener is doing algebra already. Yes, he is very, very smart. My second grader is reading far above his level and doing very well at everything, too. But, why does he need to be doing geometry in 2nd grade? He is doing things in math that I did in 6th grade - and I was in an above average math class! However, I already see stressed out tendancies from my 2nd grader, too. He is worried about all the tests, the every week tests, the FCAT, the this, the that. It is just too much. I want them to do well and learn, but I want them to be KIDS, too! I want them to enjoy school at all levels. I want them to enjoy their friends and to HAVE friends!! I just think there is a fine line and a happy medium. However, if our school system was not excellent, I would be the first to move to get them t a better system, too. So, I have to watch myself that I don't push academics at all costs either. It is a fine line for me, too.

So, that is my perspective.
post #6 of 26
Yes, I do think the schools are pushing things too fast for the kids. I also think it has a little to do with the teacher. When my ds was in Kindergarten, he had a teacher that would switch back and forth from 3rd grade to K. My ds struggled through some things she was doing in class and was starting to write cursive at the end of the year, plus he had homework every night, in Kindergarten!! I think she was pushing the kids a little like they were in 3rd grade. I remember thinking to myself at that time, how different it was when I was growing up and in Kindergarten...it was fun, not work. My dd, OTOH, had a new teacher when she was in Kindergarten, and it was more like what Kindergarten was supposed to be.. learning letters, writing, reading books to the kids, drawing pictures, etc. I really, really appreciated the teacher for all she did in that class. DS didn't really seem like he enjoyed it much, but dd did.. I think she understood alot better with more of the basic learning than with all the extra stuff.
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by aliadam View Post

Well I'm the opposite!! I think our schools need to be harder. Currently the US curriculum is not nearly as strenuous as many other countries. We live in a community where there are many asian immigrants, and they always are displeased at how slow the US teaches especially math. My kids have many asian friends who go to "saturday school" where they receive additional math training. Their parents also make them do lots of extra math stuff online. Of course all these kids then excel at school too.

What I DO think is that I wish there was more emphasis in the lower grades on just reading, writing, and arithmetic....like in the old days...like you said. It seems like they're trying to teach so many things that everything gets diluted. Then gradually introduce science, social studies, and foreign language. I could do away with all the silly convocations and ridiculous PC things and just concentrate on basic academics. We're blessed to be in a really good and large enough school system that there are classes offered for all levels. So my dd can take very difficult challenging classes like she wants, my ds can take the "average" type classes, and there are many classes offered for slower learners.

There have been a few times when my kids were having trouble with a particular concept and we would just work extra hard with them too ( I don't know what was up with my ds, but I thought he would NEVER learn to tell time). I think it the unlucky kids who have parents who won't or aren't able to work with them that fall between the cracks.

ITA!
post #8 of 26
we have been lucky with teachers in kindergarten and a great one now in 1rst grade. his first grade teacher also believes that they are pushing kids to hard. to combat all the quick learning during the school day she is requesting no more than 15-20 min spent at night doing homework and that includes reading and guess what my son is doing better with the homework department and is really breezing thru the word lists they are tested every thursday. i don't see it slowing down anytime soon so we are trying to deal with it the best we can.. but yes my son is doing algebra in first grade i did not do that until 4th and 5th when i was in school.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by Oregano View Post

ITA!

You always agree with me. I'm beginning to think we share a brain!!
post #10 of 26
Scary isn't it? I'm often reading your posts and thinking "totally" or "exactly what I was thinking!"...you save me from typing.
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