Why are the schools changing?
October 5, 2019
In what situations should a child be transferred to another school? What can move parents and children to another school? What problems do pupils face in domestic educational public schools, in what cases one should think about fundamental changes.
Many children and parents face problems in schools. Unbalanced curriculum, overcrowded classrooms, uninterested teachers, anxious and unhealthy atmosphere in the team, bullying, unsuitable conditions for children – all of these, unfortunately, often remain a part of school education in domestic school. The most deplorable situation is usually observed in small towns. Not only are there few possible alternatives, but the conditions are usually worse.
The most common problems in schools
Any parent may not hesitate to name a dozen shortcomings of the school where his/her child is enrolled. Not all of them are sufficient grounds for transferring a student. On the other hand, some problems may seem insignificant, although in reality they are much more dangerous. We have tried to formulate a general, universal rule for such cases:
A change of school is necessary when it would be the best solution for the child. This is most often true when there are recurrent, systemic problems in the school that are long or difficult to solve at the local level.
Let us try to look at the most common causes:
1. Moving, changing of residence
One of the most frequent reasons to change schools is to move family. In some cases, residence changes within the city or even the district. But if a family moves to another city or country, they will have to move.
And of course, if you move to a neighboring house, you don’t have to change your school. Moreover, in some situations it makes sense to stay in the old school, even if the time to travel significantly increases. It would be most logical to compare the conditions in the old school, with possible schools nearby.
Distance learning is another good option. The program in such schools is originally designed for the individual needs and schedule of each student, it is especially good for families where the work of parents is associated with frequent travel.
2. Poor quality of education
A school can have as many acceptable conditions as you want, but if it does not provide enough knowledge to its students, it is not fulfilling its function. There may be cases when there is one teacher at school who “does not pull”, pays little attention to children (or your child in particular), does not communicate information properly to students. If it is one, it is usually possible to change the teacher, or to transfer the student to another group/class.
But there are also situations where this is simply not possible. The administration does not meet the parents, there is no other teacher for this subject in the school, and there is simply not enough time for working parents to break the thresholds of the local education department. This situation, at the school itself, looks quite non-alternative.
However, the most common situation is one where several teachers have similar shortcomings. As a result, the student can meet all the requirements of the teachers, but have significant gaps in the school curriculum. To solve this situation by tutoring is quite difficult: there are a lot of subjects, private lessons cost money, to make up for the program requires constant training.
3. Unhealthy atmosphere in the team, bullying.
In our blog there is a separate article where such a phenomenon as bullying (bullying) is described in detail, its negative impact not only on the progress of a child, but also on the formation of personality is considered.
Unhealthy atmosphere in the school staff, constant depression, aggression of pupils and teachers, bullying – these are symptoms of organizational problems in the school itself. In other words, the administration and teachers are unable to cope with the task entrusted to them, are unable to maintain discipline and conditions.
4. Bad conditions for a pupil
Material provision and conditions in domestic schools – this can usually be measured objectively. Whether the premises are heated in winter, the condition of school textbooks, desks, chairs, toilets, what is in the medical station – all these are quite important factors. If children are forced to work in outer clothing, do not have the opportunity to eat normally, and the bathroom is a nightmare of the sanitary-epidemiological station, something with funding and allocation of funds is not okay.
In addition to the basic needs, there is also the issue of the computer room, physics and chemistry rooms, physical education equipment. Even if the educational institution has a “star team” of teachers, but after graduation, the child, in addition to knowledge, will get an impressive bouquet of gastritis, weak immunity, maxillary sinusitis and many transferred viruses – this is a bad option.
5. Medical reasons
In some cases, doctors do not recommend daytime education in regular school. Depending on the individual case, the child may require ongoing specialist attention, or special conditions. There is not much to discuss, health is health.
Summing up, we would like to note that each situation is unique: the school can have friends, a teacher supporting the child, relatives in the teaching staff or administration, etc. But even in such cases the negative factors can be much more powerful than the possible advantages.