We are over stretching and over stressing our kids!!
Original post made by Parent on Feb 11, 2007
Are the school counsellors aware of this, and is there something that can be done to give our kids a normal childhood? My kids are bright, but I want their free time to be free for their own activities and down time. I do want them to do well in school, but when these highly motivated kids are becoming the norm, it is making my kids look bad. Is there any sense to this or am I over concerned.
on Feb 11, 2007 at 1:14 pm
I meant to mention that with the talk of Gunn students cutting themselves, and also the possible trend, according to Little League, of less boys in the south trying out for baseball, that this could be something that is happening in the south and west schools, not just Paly which is where I have noticed it.
on Feb 11, 2007 at 7:46 pm
We sent our kids (7th and 8th grade currently) for "enrichment" in 4th and 5th grade. Being comfortable with their studies caused them less stress. The regular school programs (spelling, vocabulary, math) were leaving them frustrated and the enjoyment of learning was being lost. I am sure the teachers are all wonderful, but it was very difficult for my kids to get the attention they needed. I did not enjoy paying the extra fees or spending the extra time for these classes, but in the end I felt it was a stress reducer for my kids. I wish my kids could have received everything they needed in the public school system, but it did not happen. Also, we've been in Little League for the past eight years.
on Feb 12, 2007 at 4:49 pm
The number of tutoring services in Palo Alto is sparse compared to other locations in the south bay. Ever been to Cupertino or Fremont? Along a two mile stretch on De Anza Boulevard there has to over forty businesses of SAT I/II prep centers, AP exam prep, cram classes, tutoring, college admissions, etc. Pick up a Chinese newspaper (e.g World Journal) and just browse the ads... dozens of prep class ads on each page!
In general, most of these centers act as complements to public education and help students to be better prepared for AP tests and SATs. I personally thought that some of these centers were superior to Palo Alto tutoring centers like Kaplan, Princteon Review, or Sylvan. For 3/4 the price of Princeton Review, I could receive almost twice the # of sessions.