On here to take some pain off my chest so thank you in advance for reading on
My husband and I have started to notice the first cracks in the provision of education in our eldest's primary school. This is in reception-year 1. We have noticed how little work has been done from looking through her classwork literacy and especially math books.
However the teacher has made negative statements about her math abilities, based on a couple (yes 1 or 2!) classroom exercises. We agree she is not very numerate, but not hopeless.
The next thing, one of her classmates, on the base of this couple of exercises (counting buttons) done right, has received a certificate of achievement during a school assembly and the principal has hailed her a "future mathematician".
On hearing this announcement I felt really upset. Both my husband and I have perused the classroom activities book and pondered about the events. Surely children cannot be given sufficient knowledge and let alone be assessed on the base of such little work!!
We now realise that the children who seemingly succeed might have well been primed (to use an understatement) at home, by parents who obviously put several hours in to make up for the shortcomings of the lessons' content. And obviously if mum or dad are teachers, then the knowledge of how the system works makes it a whole lot easier.
We are lucky that I have a science PhD and my husband is also a science graduate, with 4 uni degrees between us. But, like many on here who don't have relatives in Adelaide, we have very little time after work.
So the reality is that one is not just supposed to help your child at home (which is obvious and fair), one has to basically homeschool the children to fill the substantial gaps.
We suspect the unspoken truth is probably made of kumon classes, 10-12 hours a week spent to do extra reading, spelling, maths with your children.
Are we off the mark? How much time and resources do you employ to keep your children on track?