This article is geared to parents who have children in special education. I have worked at the school district in San Diego for over 13 years. I happen to also be gifted with children, extremely intuitive, and a person who receives messages; an inner knowing.

Unfortunately everything in life has been geared about money. First, I don’t believe the district is as broke as it says but most importantly, parents need to be more involved with their children’s education. You are the advocates for your children so you have every right to make sure your child is being properly educated.

I have worked in all three grade levels; high school, middle school, and elementary school. More children are in need of special education yet the district cuts back on those services. What I have noticed is that the school district focuses more on high school as they want those children to graduate. Unfortunately, the children most needing help lie in the elementary schools where assistants have been drastically cut back. Most children are not noted to have any special needs until they enter into elementary school. Quite a few tests need be done in order for them to even qualify. Besides newly enrolled children needing services, the children already in special education are not being serviced due to lack of help. Teachers have 30 students in their classrooms, teach combo classes, and have children with reading or math issues with no help whatsoever. Numerous I.E.P.’s are out of compliance.

The public thinks that teachers have it easy and it is far from that. This whole problem stemmed from President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. This created a mess with all schools all over the United States. He created rules which required all schools to follow, including major amounts of testing. If children did not fare well on their tests then the school lost their funding. Jobs became eliminated. All of a sudden, special education is not important. Why is it that each person is an individual yet when it comes to schools all of a sudden children are all the same?

This created a domino affect among all schools. Problems were hidden and not taken care of so each school didn’t look bad. Their education became about teaching them how to take a test instead of learning. Most of the tests were way above their heads. Some too hard for me to pass. The joke around the school was President Bush most likely would fail those tests too. The rules were outrageous. One time a new student entered school on a test date. She was from another country and spoke no english, yet was required to take the test.. Of course she failed as she couldn’t read any English or speak the language.

Teachers are not allowed to teach children what they need because they have to follow all guide lines from the school district. The children become stressed because lessons are crammed into their heads in four days and then tested on day five. They are now teaching first graders about the legislation and algebraic concepts. Children are not cognitively ready to learn those subjects. High school science is being taught in fourth grade.

The school I just left had lost two special ed. assistants and didn’t replace them because they didn’t have enough money, yet more and more children were entering school with special needs and not getting any services.

It’s time to change the way schools do their business. Parents need to be aware of their children’s educational needs and advocate for them. If it was up to me, I would completely change the educational system as it’s antiquated and unrealistic with the changing times.

The concept of an after school program is gaining popularity worldwide. The simple reason behind the entire concept is the long-term benefits associated with it. If you feel that your child is talented and needs professional guidance to pursue a career in a special field, taking admission in any of these schools can benefit your child.

After school programs are a great way to cherish dreams of your children that may get restricted within the boundaries of the school, where the academic burden may overpower their natural talent. It is also a fact that a school teacher may not be a trained professional in a field of your child’s interest.

The benefits of enrolling your child into after school programs are

  • The enrichment programs offered by them are run under the guidance of trained people. In simple words, the instructors in these schools are not the jack of all trades but, master of one.
  • Children are offered complete liberty to practice their hobby for refinement.
  • The instructors are well versed with the intricacies of the art. They are the best guides for the children learning the art form under them.
  • They also assist children with their homework. So, if both the parents are working and don’t find much time to assist their children to help with homework, enrolling into any of these institutes is a best thing to do.

Undoubtedly, schools play an important role in shaping the future of any child, but after school programs play a major role in the growth of an individual in a special area. Their major focus is on overall development of the kids along with enhancing the special art that the child has been naturally bestowed by the almighty God.

The parents who enroll their children in these academies actually offer them a space to develop many good qualities in them. Today when media are dominant and youth is more exposed to the outside world through Television and the Internet, the social interests of today’s youth somehow get confined within the four walls of the house, where they can easily socialize and stay updated without stepping out of the home. This attitude in kids must not be encouraged and a good enrichment program can come as a rescue to most of the parents, who are worried about the mental, social as well as physical development of their children.

You can come across many after school programs in your area. There are many such institutions that are run to teach a special activity. You can find a training school for athletics, dance, music, martial arts, swimming, horse riding, skating, cooking and the list goes on. You just need to observe the interest of your kids and the related future prospects. The children learn several things in these academies that are important in the long run. Time management, patience, hard work and dedication are few of those qualities that are the main focus of these enrichment programs to help an individual reach the zenith of success.