My son is having trouble in school, what to do?
November 15, 2009 10:02am CST
My son is having trouble in his statistics class because his teacher will not help him at all. She is the only statistics teacher at the school. I have listened in in one of the classes, she is somewhat off tasks at times, she talks about her pregnant baby, and vaguely helps her students when they ask for help. I do not want to complain to the school or anything about her, and I can't afford a tutor to help my son in today's rough times. What do I do? He currently has a D in the class, and he wants an A.
• United States
15 Nov 09
i would say something to an outside person. Maybe not the principle but maybe like a school board member or see if there is a professor at the local community college that would help him. Sometimes if it is just a simple question that needs more explanation you might be able to find the answer on the internet. I was lucky, but i had a spanish teacher that even though english was his main language he taught spanish like spanish was his first language and it was very hard for me to understand if I had only known about the resources available online to help you learn knew languages I might have learned it quicker and remembered it. There is all kinds of softwares and internet sites out there that might be able to help him if his teacher won't. Sometimes I find that maybe its just the student too afraid to ask for help. Its his responsibility ( believe me it took me a long to accept this) to learn the material regardless of what the teacher does. The teacher is basically there because they needed someone with that experience to teach the class. Some teachers don't care about the students and even in highschool they are like that. It gets worse in college. If he is having trouble in other classes I would definately talk to his guidance counselor. i know everyone wants an A because they deserve if they work hard but there are just some teachers that no matter how hard you work it will never be good enough. sometimes you might e able to find out from the teacher if there is a student who done well in her class in a previous semester that might be willing to set down with him for a free session. some times 15 or 20 more minutes on an item might just be allit takes.
• Garden Grove, California
15 Nov 09
hi blion23 I am sorry to hear your son has a D in statistics class.I am at a complete loss as to what statistics class is,is it some sort of math class, or are we talking college class. I did not know statistics would be something taught in grade school. anyway do you know of an older student who does well in this statistics class that would like a few dollars to tutor your son? Maybe a student who wants to be ' a teacher would be willing to tutor your son for free.ask around,you might be able to find someone who wouldnt charge like a tutor charges.