Bad grades=bad self-esteem
Good grades=good self-esteem
Good grades do not necessarily indicate learning or becoming a better person, or growing.
In the world of a teen, where everything is rapidly changing, where coming home from school should mean time off to relax, regroup, and recharge, teens are required to do homework so that they can get good grades.
That homework takes hours.
When do teens exercise?
PE has been removed from the curriculum for more academics.
Lack of physical activity does not help the performance of the brain, it hinders it.
Lack of physical activity also sabotages the outcome of the state mandated BMI tests.
It is recommended students be in extra-curricular activities. These improve the chances of students performing well, academically.
The extra-curricular activities take time away from homework which is a requirement in order to receive good grades.
When should teens socialize?
What if they aren’t interested in the history of the Ming Dynasty?
My teen is struggling.
She can do the work.
I do not know where her mind is when she is studying.
I do not know how to help her without hovering over her as she stares at a book that she recently stared at in class.
Maybe it’s time to choreograph song and dance numbers composed of World Studies facts.
Maybe it’s time to tell her she must put a hold on growing up. There are A’s that need to be seen on her transcript.
How do I tell her it's not her fault, it's not her teacher's fault?
How do I not feel it is my fault?
How do I tell her I will not have the ability to change the educational system in America before she graduates from high school?
Learning we must do things we do not want to do may be the hardest lesson to learn.
If she can master that, she'll have it made.