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Moms Talk: To Tutor or Not to Tutor?

In a follow up to our "Tiger Mom" discussion, how much should we push our kids academically?

Each week in "Moms Talk," our Mom's Council of experts and smart moms and dads take your questions, give advice and share solutions.

When it comes to getting our children ready for college prep, many of us have heard, "It's better to get a 'B' in an honors class than an 'A' in a standard class." The stated rationale is that honors and AP classes on the transcript demonstrate that kids are willing to tackle challenging material--a growth experience that will make them better able to succeed in college.

Which brings us to our question this week: When is it too much to "push" the honors and AP (Advanced Placement--college level) classes to build our child's resume for college applications?

Parents often turn to private companies that provide instruction like , and (Educational Tutoring & Consulting) to help their kids make it through tougher curriculum. Services at these private schools range from tutoring support to complete accredited classes. These "extra help" alternatives are so popular that some provide transportation to and from . If you accept the rumor and buzz about this private extra help, math would be the subject where most seek a complete instructional alternative.

Let us know what you think--should we place our kids in honors classes and AP classes when they need extra tutoring support, or even private instruction, to succeed in those classes?

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Tony Beals March 10, 2011 at 09:02 PM
As the father of five, and General Manager for Kumon Math & Reading Centers, I believe AP classes provide academic rigor and college preparation for students with strong work skills and ability. However, it’s not healthy for children to be in situations where they need to rely on one-on-one assistance to survive a class. Have an honest conversation with your child, and their teacher to determine what the best “next step” for their academic future. If your child aims to go to college, then AP courses are important. As a parent help them plan in advance so your student is already on track to succeed in AP classes when he or she reaches high school. With my own children, I put them in Kumon to gain advanced academic skills in advance. If they decide to go to college, they’ll have the skills needed to be successful in any career. In Kumon, they develop confidence, perseverance, and a love of learning to be successful on their own. Putting a child in AP classes solely for the class name is not a good way to enhance your child’s confidence nor will it begin to build strong work and study skills. As parents, it’s our responsibility to help our children achieve success on their own, and to encourage and challenge them to achieve more than even we thought possible. It’s not about “pushing” it’s about helping children unlock their true potential to they are motivated to achieve more on their own.
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Nichole Jones March 23, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Our present education system does not always provide the challenges that can bring out the best from a student. Every American student has the capability to complete their school and hold postsecondary degrees. They have the expertise and talent; but schools fail to bring that out and we, the parents, need to depend on private tutors. However, considering the high rate of private tutors, I think online tutoring services could be a better option. Online tutoring services like tutorteddy.com help students by providing all essential helps, at the most reasonable cost. There are many students in our country, who can’t continue with their studies due to lack of proper guidance and poor financial background. Some of them offer online math scholarship program to help deserving underprivileged American students learning math at free of cost.
stacy April 26, 2011 at 03:40 AM
I think it's a great challenge... it is thinking about not just what's in our child's best interest for college but aligning the subjects and schools of choice of where our children will thrive and excel. I have a child in MIHS and found the math instructors were not teaching the way my child "needed" to learn. I have enrolled him at Privett Academy where not only has his C gone to an A but his teacher now thinks he could take on Honors if he so desired. It's a balance for sure. And unfortunately, it may be too much to assume one school can do everything our child needs. I see the goal as to take the time to understand what motivates our children to find the passion to excel in learning, is the gentle balance and it's not easy.

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