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What if you have a great child that has fallen through the cracks of the education system because Parents lack access?

Hi
I have an idea and would like your opinion on whether it would work and be beneficial to all stakeholders? And how to tackle the security issues?

"In our contemporary society, parental involvement in their children’s education is declining due to the constant pressures faced by working parents. This lack of communication between parent/s and the child's teacher can have detrimental impact on the child’s academic and social growth.

With the introduction of a 'software Program', teachers and schools can allow access to parents child’s performance, behaviour and concerns through an online portal.
Proposed Benefits:

Parents
•Up to date information about child’s progress with centralised and historic results.
•Flexibility in access to results, allowance for video conference parent teacher meetings.
•Feel more connected to school, and in touch with child’s performance.

Teachers
•Ease load of report writing with less manual record keeping.
•Real time monitoring of student performance so no kids are left behind.

Schools
•Eases tracking of KLA coverage.
•Ensures all children are monitored and do not fall behind – identifies special needs.
•Reduced costs and paper consumption for report printing.
•Increase communication with parents.
•One centralised system to handle all functionality.

The Bigger Picture is for all stakeholders to have access to tools that provide better educational support for:
•Students learning.
•Teachers teaching.
•Schools to meet their curriculum objectives.
•State and Federal Governments to provide means to support their Educational policies.
•Collectively providing better education for young Australians and for a better future for Australia (Economy).

What are your ideas? how can this be improved?

  • Sep 26 2011: Independent learning is a good way to learn. Home schooling is a possibility. The concept of schooling via internet is a good idea as a last option, but it could also frustrate a child. Provide the child hope. The child needs an advocate to look for opportunities that are not apparent to a child. Social services should help in the education process somehow. Perhaps remote teachers might volunteer and collectively provide a learning environment for the child. A older child might help facilitate learning opportunities. There are probably programs such as you propose available, if internet access is available.
  • Sep 19 2011: Hi,
    My parents abandoned me only when I was 4.
    I found my passion playing the violin.
    I am now in College with a Full-Ride scholarship (Going to college for free) for the next 4-6 years of my life.
    Tell your child that "The things you don't have access to in life will only make you stronger." He/She will see for themselves in the future that they have grown stronger than He/She's own parents in the will to work hard and become a somebody.
    Cheers.
  • Sep 7 2011: Fantastic idea!
  • Sep 7 2011: Not sure what it like where you live, I will simply answer as if you were here!
    Never, ever should you not have access to anything regarding your child, a minor, in public education system. (laws) Because I have 2 sons who were at risk for learning disabilities, I have been used to being involved always(we had them tested early, before school, since the teachers at preschool noticed that either there was an auditory problem, or they(5 yrs. apart), were not paying attention(ADD) or disrespectful, which, knowing them ,they didn't consider the last one, {(although they will once they reach high school, and if haven't been tested and don't have what we call an IEP(Individualized Education Program, in place )}, which can, btw, be used even through college, so Counselors at our schools guide us. We meet on a scheduled basis, according to time frame, and evaluate concerns from both teachers, and us, the parents, and the child as soon as he/she is able to participate, around 6 or 5th grade here. Anyway, I have found that people working full-time, or weird hours, are still welcome within the school community, to participate(I used to do a shift at night when the band played, as my son was in band, for example). Get in, find what is going on (they prefer emails, I do know that), once I began doing emails, scheduling in for volunteer work, and keeping our IEP, we had great communication; if it fell down a bit, we would call, leave messages, or re-email; if I didn't email within like 48 hours(high school) I would ask them, teachers, to please just call and for example, say that my son didn't turn in step 3 of a 6 step project. Good luck to you, hope it helps, and also we are using a similar system in college, as these kids, high IQ that didn't match their grades, were easily distracted, needed more testing time, noise level had to be quieted, etc., it can be fit to the individual, and it is indeed helping. Tutors are available at all age groups. Talking to teachers is key
  • Sep 12 2011: Thank you for your replies James and Debbie.

    Debbie- I understand what you are saying and you have highlighted to me the importance of parent- teacher collaboration for the benefit to the childs learning. More so if your child has a special need. Great point. Thanks for the feedback