Hi, My 4th grade son, while smart and thoughtful, is not a motivated student. In addition he is struggling with some anxiety issues. I am beginning to wonder if the public school system is "good enough" to address his needs. I think he has had some pretty good teachers, but on the other hand, there seems to be very little time or creativity on the side of the teachers to address students like my son, who need a little extra push. I don't fault the teachers, as I am fairly certain they are overloaded with responsibilities. On the other hand, last year, one of his teachers actually complained to me about students in her class who didn't seem to care about learning, and I remember thinking, but isn't it the teacher's job to reach out to those students and ignite an interest?
Anyway, each year I keep saying, so far it's acceptable and I won't look into alternatives.....but then I ask myself, what am I waiting for anyway? Last year we had an incident with the school in which they administered an assessment (psychological in nature) without my prior consent, and shortly after that my son started exhibiting a lot of anxiety and issues. So the question is, did the school catch it early, or did their actions have deeper consequences.
Any advice or suggestions, or perhaps some of you have dealt with something similar with one of your children. How did you help your child, did you stay with the public schools, even if you found them somewhat lacking for one of your kids, and fine for another? Thanks!
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