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The decision to become a parent is the first of many choices that those who venture into this wonderful challenge of having children will have to make in the future. After deciding the name and the way to reconcile work with the family, other of the most important decisions in the education and development of children arrive: the choice of college.
Choosing which school your children will go to is an issue that can cause anxiety in many parents, since early childhood education, to a large extent, is also determined by the school where the children will study. Thinking about it, a group fromBrains College, led by its director Elvira López, carried out a study on the difficulties parents have in being able to assess, determine and decide which school they will take their children to, and identified 10 myths they present when choosing a school:
1- The educational model is the same in all schools. Fake. Each school has its own educational project. A good educational project must be flexible and adequately prepare students for the new challenges they will have to face during the school period. It is important that the school has the necessary technology and resources, and that it presents the introduction of innovations at least in the last 3 years.
2- The teachers are the same in all educational centers. Fake.A good teacher is the one who motivates the interest of children and the one who gives life to an educational project and makes it come true. It is important to know how the school takes care of the choice of its teaching staff and what guarantees it presents of their degree and qualification.
3- The number of teachers per classroom does not matter. Fake. Each student requires a time of personalized attention, especially in early childhood education, when young children lack sufficient autonomy to fend for themselves. It is important to know how many certified teachers there will be in the class of early childhood education children.
4- As long as the child is young, it does not matter if the teacher who speaks to him in English is not a native speaker. Fake. Up to the age of 5, children incorporate new sounds and phonemes naturally and spontaneously, by imitation. In addition, they learn without translating quickly and easily. That is why it is important that they listen to a native accent throughout their education, but especially when they are younger. It is important for parents to know if the English teachers are native speakers and what qualifications they have.
5- A small school offers better attention to the child. Fake. It is not true that in a small school the attention to children is more personalized. The important thing is not how many students a school has, but what is the ratio of students per teacher. Also in large schools the staff knows the students by their first and last names. It is important to be able to take a guided tour to know the facilities that the child can enjoy. It is also important to know the interests and hobbies of the child to confirm that they will have the necessary stimulus at school to develop their skills.
6- I only have to value the academic training offered by the center. Fake. Faced with the traditional form of individualistic, competitive and unprofitable learning, today it is important that the school provides training in values and human. In addition, it is essential that students receive adequate preparation in work techniques that guarantee that in the future they will be able to respond to the current demands of leadership, capacity for teamwork, development of different roles within a group and management of multiple intelligences. .
7- The confidence that a young school offers is the same as that of a center with more seniority. Fake. The evidences of a school are the results of its students. If a school is too young, it will lack experience.
8- With the child knowing how to use the computer at home is enough. Fake. As with languages, the sooner a child begins to interact with new technologies, in a more natural and intuitive way, he will learn to interact with them in a better way. It is important to know if the school offers laboratories, an Internet connection and qualified teachers to teach classes with these resources.
9- Not always the best school is the one next to home. True. The important thing is to find a school where the child can get the most out of it, where they are trained as a person and where they can acquire training beyond academics. Giving up all these possibilities to have the child close to home is a mistake.
10- Parents cannot always take their children to school. True. In these cases, in addition to having exchanges with other parents to bring them closer to school, the route service must also be considered. It is important that all possibilities are studied.
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