Should your child go to a progressive school? Unlike traditional schools, progressive schools emphasize hands-on (not textbook) learning, smaller class sizes, and lots of interaction. However, it is not for everyone. Find out if your child will be happier in a progressive school.
1. Small class size (maximum of 20) with small teacher-child ratio
2. Focuses on supporting each individual child’s unique development. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace
3. Subjects are integrated for a more meaningful, relevant type of learning (example: English is tackled in a Math lesson)
4. School routine accommodates children’s needs for movement and physical activity, social interaction, independence and positive self-esteem
Will my child be happier in a traditional or a progressive school?
A child who will do best in a traditional school as a student who can remain seated and focused for long periods of time on lessons that are predominantly verbal and text-based and is skilled in communicating his thoughts verbally and in writing. Unfortunately, these are characteristics that most preschool and elementary age children are still learning to master.
In a progressive environment, kids are taught (and tested) using both written tests and more creative activities like art, experiments, group work, etc. Instead of letter grades the parents are shown very descriptive reports that include observations and individual recommendations.
The ‘other side’ of progressive schools
Aside from the higher tuition fees, progressive schools also require more parent involvement and interaction with other co-parents. Expect more meetings and family activities than the typical traditional school.
Some also feel that children who go to progressive preschools and grade schools have a harder time adjusting to the heavier workload of a traditional high school or college.
Smaller progressive schools may also have less facilities than larger traditional schools.
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