Thinking about sending your child off to school? You will need to decide which educational philosophy and approach works best for you. What it really comes down to is whether you want to send your child to a school that uses a traditional approach to teaching or one that uses a non-traditional approach.
Traditional Approach to Teaching and Non-traditional
The real differences between traditional approach to teaching and non-traditional take place in the classroom and in the way the teachers teach. Please understand that weren’t being judgmental here. Highlighting differences so that you can be informed and make your school choice decisions accordingly.
The non-traditional approaches claim to allow children more flexibility do work on their own and at their own pace while the traditional approaches believe that that everybody should be engaged in the same activity at the same time.
Classes in a traditional school progress from one teacher to another as they advance through the grade levels. In a non-traditional school your child will probably have the same teacher for two or three years.
Educational Outcomes in Traditional and Non-traditional School
So, what happens if your child attends a non-traditional high school? You know, one which does not believe in SAT preparation or Advanced Placement courses among other traditional college prep academic staples. What if he has spent his primary school years in a progressive school “where he has had to construct his own understanding of ideas and concepts”, Do you want your child to learn or to be taught?
Your child will do just fine with college admissions provided that you and he pay attention to the basics does he offer what the college is looking for – and the details applications turned in on time and complete. The savvy parent will hire an educational consultant to identify colleges with the best fit for her child. But it might not necessarily be the best fit for your child. Since you are already thinking outside the box with respect to your child’s primary and secondary education, it makes sense to continue thinking outside the box as you look at colleges.
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