The 5 Most Dangerous Trends in Education Sponsored by
Areas Covered What happened to American family time? Education: Public school systems are struggling. “One Dimensional Learning” reaches too few of our children. Dropout rates are alarming. Parents are not aware of options. 2
Danger #1 Traditional Family Time Has Diminished
We’re living in an uncertain world The U.S. budget deficit has topped a record $1.42 trillion. American unemployment is 9.4%, in the teens in some regions. We have become isolated from our communities. 29% of Americans don’t even know their next door neighbors! More families now have both parents working. Some say our economy will get even worse. 4 Source: American Demographics, June, 2000; http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/; Too Close for Comfort?: Americans like their neighbors, mostly at a distance - American Demographics, June, 2000
The traditional American family is disappearing 60% of mothers return to work within the first year, usually within the first 3 months of their child being born. Between 1980 and 2000: 20% increase in unmarried fathers rearing their children alone 48% increase in grandparents rearing their grandchildren 5 Source: http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/famsoc2.asp
Works a 9.2 hour work day Spends 45.8 minutes commuting Watches 4 hours of television (not exactly quality family time) Uses a computer 2.3 hours Engages a mobile device for 20minutes Sleeps an average of 6-8 hours each night There is no more time! 6 Source: Americans Spend HOW Many Hours a Day Watching ‘Screens’? The Consequences ; Giving the Gift of Quality Time to Children http://aces.nmsu.edu/news/1995/113095_children.html
Where is the time for parents and children to interact and bond?
Children yearn to be with their parents
Parents usually say “I spend plenty of quality time with my child.”
Yet in the last 25 years, the average time spent between parent and child has dropped 40%!
7 Source: Americans Spend HOW Many Hours a Day Watching ‘Screens’? The Consequences ; Giving the Gift of Quality Time to Children http://aces.nmsu.edu/news/1995/113095_children.html
With parents busy at work, 15 million children are left to care for themselves 30% of middle school students (3,722,219) and 4% of elementary school children (1,133,989) are unsupervised after school. These “latch-key” children have higher risks of drug use, promiscuous sex, abduction and accidents. Latch key children are among the peer group and influencers of any child attending school. 8 Source: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/AA3PM_National_2009.pdf
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reports… Percent of teens who have tried cigarettes, alcohol or marijuana
Kids who spend time with their family, such as during meal times, are half as likely to smoke cigarettes and marijuana, and 1/3 less likely to drink alcohol.
Source: Columbia University, http://www.muni.org/iceimages/Mayor/380-Family%20Dinners%20III%20Final%20report.pdf 9
Is your family life providing the elements your child needs to succeed? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identified nine key elements found in successful families: Time together Communication Appreciation Religion or spirituality Adaptability Clear roles Commitment Encouragement of individuals Social connectedness 10 Source: Baumrind (1971) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Research on Successful Families
Close family ties produce a lifetime of positive rewards Spending time with your child takes more than talk. Expose kids to activities, people, places and ideas to stir their imaginations. Take trips, look at art, gaze at stars and play games. Planning, creative and solving activities involve making choices which instill decision-making skills. 11 Source: Family Strengths: Often Overlooked, But Real by Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D.
Danger #2 Our Public School systems are struggling
U.S. schools are failing our children 66% of all high school students lack the skills and qualifications necessary to attend college. A whopping 28% of seniors do not qualify to get a diploma! Some groups fare even worse. 56% of African-Americans and 52% of Hispanics do not graduate. 13 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2007 Annual Social and Economic Supplement; http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/3c.htm
College students are not prepared Among high school seniors taking the college entry (ACT) test 50% were unprepared to read at college level. 78% were not ready for introductory level biology classes. 42% of American college freshmen are required to take remedial courses in reading, writing and math. Only 25% of U.S. college students actually earn a degree, ranking the U.S. the lowest among developed countries to earn college degrees. 14 Source: NY Times Many Going to College Are Not Ready, 2005 Report Says; Many Freshman Are Not Ready For College 2008
1 in 20 U.S. adults are illiterate 11 million people in the U.S. can’t even read a bus schedule. 33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives after high school. 42% of college graduates never read another book after college. 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. 57% of new books are not read to completion. 15 Source: NY Times Many Going to College Are Not Ready, 2005 Report Says; Many Freshman Are Not Ready For College 2008
Big government; big problems The No-Child-Left-Behind Act was introduced in 2001 to ensure all children had equal access to education. The act intended to “fix” education using standardized testing to determine district funding. The more students that pass the tests, the more money the school gets. 16
The “No-Child-Left-Behind" Act: Institutionalizing a century of failed policies The initial results:
Teacher salaries and job security are tied to test scores, and schools have even cheated on the results!
Classes that include ESL (English as a Second Language) and learning disabled students require extra instruction and time to help them pass.
Unfortunately, other students are left to sit and listen to the “dumbed down” curriculum.
Another costly government program yet to produce results The final results: American students have fallen behind. In 2006, U.S. students ranked: 25th out of 30 nations in math 24th in science And dead last in physics 18
Another costly government program yet to produce results California proposed $4 billionin school cuts and laid off over 10,000 workers. One school district even sought donations for light bulbs and toilet paper! Across the nation, districts are cutting school days and falling below the 180 days required to meet educational standards. And what about enrichment programs such as music, art and drama? 19
Cut. Shut down. Eliminated. 26 states and the District of Columbia cut aid to K-12 schools Music programs Summer school After school programs Sports programs Early childhood education Art Physical education Clubs Lunch programs School bus service 20 Source: Education Coalition Leaders Release Report On Impact Of $17 Billion In Statewide Cuts To California’s Public Schools 11/09
Danger #3 “One Dimensional Learning” only shows impact with 20% of our students
Cookie-cutter curriculums and standardized testing are not engineered to foster creativity and talent Public school curriculums offer the nuts and bolts of subjects such as math, science and writing – if you’re lucky. These subjects are taught at the basic levels to pass standardized tests, but fail to offer support to children with special talents. Many students need more emphasis on a particular subjects in which they excel in order to reach their potential. 22
Experts have identified three basic learning styles
Auditory learners remember by talking out loud. They like to have things explained and may have trouble with written instructions.
Visual learners easily remember visual details. They prefer to see what they are learning and write down instructions. May have trouble following lectures.
Kinesthetic or tactile learnersprefer activities that allow them to touch the things they are learning about. They also like to move around when talking or listening.
Most public schools rely on the auditory style of learning, much like the historical factory style schools.
Unfortunately, less than 10% of all children are auditory learners with 2% being boys and 8% girls.
No wonder boys are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD nine times more often than girls!
If your child does not learn in the cookie-cutter way public schools teach, they may be in trouble Students who do not learn through the traditional auditory method are often labeled “disabled.” In cases of behavioral issues, an active, hands-on learner who gets antsy and bored is described as lacking self-control, disruptive or hyperactive. Once labeled, they are medicated, and the underlying problems are all too often forgotten. 25
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found in a recent study that students in charter schools performed several points worse than students in traditional public schools in both reading and math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test.
The home environment of home schooled students is supportive and nurturing, thus encouraging diligence
Should you decide to homeschool, be sure the school is accredited
A school that is accredited has been scrutinized by state or national governing boards in areas such as school leadership, documentation, record keeping, curriculum, and student resources and support systems.
Only after these high standards have been met can a school earn accreditation and be allowed to offer students a high school diploma.
If the homeschool does not offer a high school diploma, this will trail your child throughout life
If your child’s homeschool does not offer a high school diploma, then they will need to take a GED test when they finish their high school courses – and in the vast majority of states will never be able to get a high school diploma.
If your child attends an accredited homeschool that offers a diploma, their credits will transfer. Also, colleges and employers will not question their academic achievement.
Many online educational programs are not accredited and therefore cannot legally grant high school diplomas.
Academic curriculums should be based on individual learning abilities
Testing a child for learning styles and grade level placement is a critical element in realizing a child's special talents, weaknesses and ensuring future academic success.
For example, if your 5th grade child excels in math, he should be studying a more advanced math courses, but if he struggles with reading, he should be studying lessons that bring him up to speed.
Seek individualized curriculum programs tailored to your child's learning style
Be certain the school uses a multitude of textbook publishers, not just one publisher that may not offer your child's learning style or represent your personal beliefs.
Look for subject flexibility based on gifts, talents and special needs of your child.
Earn both high school and college credits for the same course.
Through our partnership with Davis College, Bridgeway Academy’s online College Now! program is quickly becoming a favorite among homeschoolers.
High school juniors and seniors are completing the requirements for graduation while at the same time earning fully accredited college credits (3 credits per course).
We provide curriculum that instills a sense of purpose
Offering a wide variety of Christian and Non-Bible based academic programs.
Take charge of your child’s education with purposeful academics that reinforces morals and personal values.
As parents, you know your child better than any teacher, you love and support them better than any outsider, and you have a greater commitment to them than anyone else.
Want a bible study as well as separate academic courses?
Bridgeway has a strong Christian foundation, but we also believe in curriculum choice.
For homeschooling families who prefer Christian values and religious lessons to be taught separately from the core courses, we provide Bible course elective materials from carefully selected sources to supplement the rest of the curriculum.
Why Bridgeway? We answer “YES” to your homeschooling requirements
Complete access to a variety of customizable curriculum choices
Thorough academic assessment and placement tests for a truly individualized learning experience
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Lifetime skills for a strong future “…Going with Bridgeway was the best decision we could have made! When we started with Bridgeway, our daughter was failing everything and had lost interest in school and was dealing with a lot of problems. She is doing so much better—I can’t believe it’s the same daughter! Ellie will be starting at a prestigious art high school in NYC soon.” John and Amy Little, Bridgeway parents 65