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Web Connections: Helping Our Kids Succeed In School

According to Education Week in their recent blog post titled, U.S. Math, Reading Proficiency Falls Short in Global Analysis, “The United States is well behind many countries. U.S. students rank 32nd in mathematics and 17th in reading.”

Student achievement in the United States trails that of many industrialized nations….

Just 50 years ago, students left high school knowing 75% of what theyʼd need for life. That figure is now 3%.

One of the greatest challenges parents face is ensuring that their children find learning engaging and develop the skills needed for lifelong learning. Academic success for the 21st Century, though, depends not on meeting your childʼs learning style needs every step of the way, but rather in ensuring that your child develops confidence and the flexibility to learn in all styles.

While the Three Rʼs used to be enough, the 21st Century Skills Set includes:

  • The three Rs expanded to include: English, reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics; government; economics; arts; history; and geography.
  • The four Cs: Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication (both oral and written), Collaboration, Creativity and innovation

Children can master all of the 21st century skills, but some will come easily and some are more of a stretch.

Kidtelligent provides a detailed Learning Style report providing in-depth guidance for helping your child achieve academic success with 21st Century Skills and become lifelong learners.

After taking the Kidtelligent Insights Survey, your childʼs personality profile will be determined and a Learning Styles report specific to that personality type will be generated and will include:

  • The natural strengths and interests that students of your childʼs type bring to bear on each of the 21st Century Skills.
  • Indications of what your child may find frustrating with these skills.
  • Tips for helping your child develop these skills at home and at school.

In next Mondayʼs Web Connections post, we will take a closer look at this Learning Styles report and break down the different areas that the Kidtelligent Learning Styles report includes and share a brief description of each area for the Kidtelligent Celebrator, which is one of the 16 different personality types.

Even though the statistics on American education are grim, parents can empower themselves and help their kids overcome the odds just by learning how their child is “wired”. With this knowledge, parents can get a better idea on how to guide their child and increase their chances of success in school and otherwise.