A school for a child should ideally be a ‘home away from home’. This is because a child spends 75% of his time at school. So the school should be an environment of comfort and care for the child. What about learning and academics then? What parents expect from the school in academics? Letspractise gives us an insight.
Parent’s expectations from the school in academics
1. Abundant Learning
Right from the moment a child is born, a parent starts to dream about his education. From selecting the school to applying and securing the admission, all a parent thinks is – “I want the best school for my child”. By this, they mean they want the school to provide the best and maximum academic learning for their child.
2. Holistic learning
Ok. Abundant learning is fine but what is holistic learning? Holistic learning means “educating the child on all fronts.”
Parents want the school to provide an all-round education to the child. Not only academics but also critical thinking, analytical skills, IQ and personality development, enhancement of soft skills. The list is endless…
3. Complete Comprehension
The most common complaint from both parents and kids is “the child is not able to understand what is taught in class.”
Parents want the school to be equipped with competent teachers who are able to teach, explain and enforce the fundamentals thoroughly. A strong foundation of concepts is what is required in academics and this can be only provided by the complete understanding of the subjects.
4. Rigorous Learning
The Leadership Conference Education Fund found that more than 80% of parents and guardians believe students should be stimulated more in school than they currently are.
Most parents feel that the school should enforce academics more stringently than what is being presently done, especially in the areas of maths and science.
Parents feel pleased only when the school is equipped with the latest technology and provides a sophisticated environ for learning. A school well-equipped with smart classrooms and laptops for learning is the right place to study, according to most parents.
A competitive environ at school is appreciated by most parents. Parents feel that a healthy feel of competition is a must to bring out the best in your child. So if your kid is in a class of high performers, as a parent, you are bound to feel satisfied.
7. Student-Teacher Ratio
The student-teacher ratio is one of the critical factors where parents’ expectations prevail. Most parents want this ratio to be minimal which means that they would like every teacher to handle fewer students. This, according to parents, will ensure more individual attention and concentration on the student.
8. Tests and Certifications
Competitive exams and tests have become part of student life today. Right from kindergarten, children are exposed to Olympiads, Entrance tests and Competitive exams. Parents wish that schools provide a forum for such tests and exams, enabling their wards to get extra certifications.
9. Communication & support
Regular and periodic communication about their ward’s academic performance is what each parent expects from school. For slow-learners, Parents expect schools to provide remedial classes to support them without burdening parents. Schools can use practice tests in these classes to upgrade the student’s academic performance.
Teacher-Parent connectivity should be enforced by the school to work towards the student’s progress. This expectation of parents can be fulfilled by schools by empowering teachers and parents with online assessment tools and practised learning aids.
Letspractise is the right medium to facilitate parent-teacher-student connectivity and enable schools and parents to achieve academic proficiency for students. With a bounty of information and question papers for all curriculum right from State Board, CBSE, ICSE etc., Letspractise helps schools and parents gear up children for academic excellence.