The year is off to a new start and the memories of mums with kids doing CXCs are still fresh. For weeks it was clear that the parents were a lot more concerned about their kids’ CXCs than the kids were… And if the kids were it was probably parentally induced.
If your child is about to start the CXC year then maybe the educational-equivalent of Christmas shopping on December 24th isn’t a good idea. Maths is the perfect example of a subject that is cumulative. Miss a lesson and there’s a piece to the maths puzzle you will never retrieve. Why? Because lessons will just keep moving forward and the rest of the class won’t start all over again. On one side you’ll have a teacher who isn’t your mother and on the other is a teacher who will ask you if you’re here for the course that finishes this year. You can obviously finish your education as late as you like… But if you want to finish with everyone else then you have to strap in and get with the programme. It has happened to all of us… But it shouldn’t.
There isn’t a single person alive who hasn’t had that feeling of staring at a Maths board, frozen with no idea of what’s about to happen next so we did some homework to find out who is doing what and how effective it is.
Beyond The Box Education came out on top with a clear advantage in teaching kids from 4-18 with an emphasis on CXCs. BTBE have redefined teaching because as much as they are bringing it to the next level they are constantly watching your child for signs that their message isn’t going through. What they can do about it is above and beyond what traditional educational institutions do.
BTBE are equipped to the teeth with two things traditional schools will never have.
- A much broader range of teaching tools and methods that they will use until they find the one that your child needs.
- The tutors have qualifications in teaching methods that go beyond anything we are used to. They know how, and regularly do, teach children with special needs. They know what they’re doing.
Our schools haven’t changed in hundreds of years. The uniforms might get an update, the walls will get a lick of paint and some schools will get smartboards. But aside from corporal punishment being the fresh debate of 2017, nothing about education has evolved. Technology has moved leaps and bounds; medicine is more than just medication; shopping experiences have improved and even insurance companies have realised that they have to start caring. So why is it that we still have the 500-year old method of teaching with a stick and chalk board?
Scientific studies have been pouring out of research labs around the world showing how there are so many more effective ways than sitting kids down and lecturing them. Let’s face it, the only reason teachers actually ask you what you think is because they’ve noticed you stopped paying attention. Effectively that isn’t participation, just a prod.
If your child isn’t paying attention it has a lot more to do with the teacher than your child. Tell a teacher this and let us know how that goes down.
Our toddlers use iPads better than us. User experiences on screens have become intuitive and demand attention and progress. Children are extraordinary learners yet we have the gall to strip them of any kind of intuitive, interesting or demanding stimulation and then we tell them they’re not good at listening. Well maybe we’re not so good at communicating.
Like with most things on our beautiful rock, we just need to look at other countries to see how to evolve. We don’t even need to think about it.
Beyond The Box has methods that are proven again and again. Their insight is at the forefront of education and they review their own work repeatedly to improve. Their testimonials speak for themselves and the results need no commentary.
This year they are scheduling extra lessons for practically any subject and the teachers do private tuition at home too. The director, Gabrielle Logan, will make an assessment of what’s needed with you on the first day and every six weeks she will look at the progress report with the tutors to adapt the next sessions for better learning.
So let’s step away from the old model of hoping your kid will learn something from teaching methods that haven’t changed in half a century. Let’s stop getting to the end of the road to realise that a crash course is needed. Kids don’t like failing and they like crash-courses even less. Give them a chance of making it because they truly understand what’s going on.