High Notes, Vol 16 No 38, November 27 2015
Weights Room for 2016 – Policy change
For 2016 it is proposed that no term memberships will be offered. Boys who restart after absences of a term in the Weights Room have to be retrained by Kurt when he should be concentrating on existing members. Boys will have another opportunity to sign up for the weights room at the beginning of term 2. The cost will be $200 for the rest of the year. No further membership opportunities will be offered.
Why Do Dr Du?
The presumed benefits of the coaching college experience are twofold. First, it is claimed that students are more confident when attending regular classes at school because they are familiar with the work being presented. Second, parents feel that they have given their sons the best competitive advantage that they could provide for them.
However, negative effects are experienced by teachers. They report that coached students quite often become inattentive and attempt to distract others because they are confident that they already understand the concepts of the topic being introduced and can do the operations required to solve problems. Too often, students even recount that their homework was incomplete due to the demanding deadlines and strict compliance imposed by coaching colleges on the completion of their set work. Competing demands by instructors result in confusion and stress.
The professional competence of teachers is also assailed by the assumption that students need to have everything taught twice. In addition, students become restricted in their ability to choose how they will spend their out of school time because of the regular routine of attending classes after school. There is an imbalance inherent in attending a coaching college because one or two subjects or courses are occupying much more of a student’s time than usual and, unless extra time is allocated during the week, will detract from time spent on other subjects. In some cases an undue financial burden is placed on families trying to keep their sons in regular coaching on top of other commitments. The cost can sometimes have negative financial effects on the school, too.
When considering accessing professional assistance for your son, please consider whether the
intended learning benefit is prospective or reflective. Do you really want your son to be exposed
to content ahead of his peers or would you want him to identify areas of weakness and do extra
work with a professional tutor to strengthen them? My strong advice is that while remedial
tutoring one-on-one on an occasional basis as needs arise can be effective, class-based coaching
offering preview pedagogy is limited value for money.
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