I've been corraling stories about how to help parents make informed choices about schools and how to judgm how their child's school is doing.
Need help figuring out schools? A handy "cheat sheet" of what to ask from the Huffington Post.
More questions you should ask your school/district especially around student data privacy. This is a truly great and comprehensive list.
A great idea for parents that teachers/administrators use - "learning walks." From Edutopia:
It is an invitation to parents to come to the school for a set period of
time (an hour or two), to go on a guided tour of the school/classrooms
during the school day. Not to look at the decor - but to learn more
about the learning happening or explore other topics revolving around
education and the school.
Each tour/learning walk, would have a topic or
theme to guide the discussion and help with selection of which
classrooms to visit. The thought is more about giving parents an
opportunity to witness what a “real” lesson looks like and not a “dog
and pony show” lesson. These are also not about a parent sitting in on
and observing THEIR child...but to learn more about a topic or the
school through observing in them in action. Following the Learning Walk,
the group would sit down to talk more in depth about what they've
observed and answer questions.
Last, not to discourage anyone, but this is a list of the "worst" college majors (they lumped Liberal Arts into one category).
I find myself in a struggle over this issue of what a young person should choose to major in especially if the jobs available don't match what either what their strong points are and/or they have little interest in pursuing. But it's a competitive economy and hard to know what the best road to take may be.