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Teaching Resources Face A Hidden Decline

Opinion / December 15, 2012

The continuing recession has defeated an army of often-overlooked additional teaching resources. Following the maxim that the greatest element in learning is gained through practice, this critical educational function is suffering a huge drop off due to the current market financial impact on parents. The highly beneficial repetition of classroom lessons in fun educational games at home is at risk.

Accounting for a boost in the retention in learning approaching 75 per cent (National Training Laboratory) this at-home effort supplements the normal 50 per cent retention of learning achieved by children in classroom lessons. The squeezed middle classes are showing the greatest impact. Economic constraints have reduced the investment in the tuition support provided by many parents at home.

The ability of parents to buy the same educational resources used in class and replicate the lesson content at home is under pressure. Family budgets are under considerable pressure and this enjoyable and highly productive mutual activity is suffering. Parents supporting their children through these fun educational games become more intimately aware of their child’s ability and achievement. This provides a hidden benefit from the contact between parents, children and teachers which allows parents to adopt a rewarding role in the learning programme.  “The proactive learning actions at home provide a significant boost to a child’s confidence back in class” said www.keen2learn.com managing director Alistair Owens. “Our range of educational games and teaching resources are matched to the curriculum and have a fun application both in class and at home. The support of the 7.5 million parents with school aged children can have a massive impact in our overall schooling achievement” he said.

The changes which abound in the educational sector are numerous. The disruption created as each initiative is adopted; from improved exam results; revised targets, academy status and free school can take its toll on teachers within a school. Now more than ever parents, grandparents  and family members can help to bridge the gap and by getting more involved you never know how much they will learn as well.

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