Switching Firm Schools for Son’s Sake

by NYC Firm Schools on May 6, 2009

It takes a long time to grow young.
Creative Commons License photo credit: nattu

One discussion about young children in NYC Firm Schools has been very popular lately. The discussion originally began with a group of parents talking about a large number of boys leaving a specific (elementary level) school next year. The group of boys leaving will be going on to a mix of private and public schools pretty evenly. The discussion was essentially focused on why so many boys were leaving the school, while the girls’ continued attendance was unchanged.

The question of possible attrition due to the economy was raised, however if that were the underlying case then it could be expected that a number of girls would also be leaving. The focus eventually came down to the issues of how teachers and schools educate the differences between young boys and girls, since most of the boys in question all reported to the same teacher, and all had received disapproving marks on their ability to stay focused in the classroom.

The issues regarding education and teaching within the boundaries of the different emotional maturity levels of boys verses girls are not new.

In 2008, Kathy Piechura-Couture of Stetson University , reported that over the four years of the single-sex education pilot study, 55% of boys in the coed classrooms scored proficient on the FCAT, compared with 85% of boys in the all-boys classes. Remember that the study based these results off of the same class size, curriculum and demographics.

What is unique in this case is the sheer number of boys that are apparently leaving the school after this year, and the possible reasons why. In talking the situation over with the parent group, the consensus is that the particular teacher and school involved was, in the group’s opinion, struggling with taking the educational and emotional needs of the boys into enough consideration in the classroom, and focused more keenly on the girls.

As a parent of a child in a NYC school, public or private, you should be aware of the school educational environment and the school’s ability to properly educate your child. If the school is no longer the right fit for your child, don’t be afraid to search out another.

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