Are Private After School Programs Replacing Our Public System?

After school programs along with ordinary academic programs such as technology, arts, and other areas are being diminished or terminated at an escalating rate. In Nova Scotia for instance, the provincial government has just released latest budget cuts as of December 11, 2011. In Edmonton, the Catholic School Board reported that it will abolish hundreds of jobs effective September 2011. Education for our children has always been thought of as one of the most important considerations in our society, but our governments seem to hold a different point of view and are willing to forfeit our children's future for a present day fix in our vulnerable economy.

Astounding are the volume of subjects and programs that schools are driven to abolish due to budget cuts. For example, schools have removed computer science courses and assume the classroom teacher to fill in the gap. The dilemma with this method is if the teacher has little understanding and skill with computers, the students will learn little, and acquire few computer abilities when they need them most later on in their future pursuits.

Another problem with school curricula is they have a propensity to be outdated. The same lessons are being taught decade after decade without any matter for transition. Our public education system just doesn't seem to meet current specifications and are misusing beneficial resources with programs that are no longer practical.

The good news is that private after school programs are taking their niche and providing excellent programs that would meet and exceed Government Ministry standards. These after school programs are generally taught by professionals in their occupation such as musicians teaching music, singers tutoring singing, artists tutoring art and so on.

Unfortunately, these marvelous after school programs and many others are mostly being provided by the private segment. There is a cost involved, but for the superiority of education that these professional programs create, they are well worth it. Parents do not have to scramble out and enroll their child in every single after school program provided, rather they can decide on one or two, if their budget allows, that bests satisfies the needs and pursuits of their child.

After school programs are becoming increasingly popular, and it's just a matter of determining which after school programs are being provided in your region. A good way to commence looking is by browsing the Internet. Just type into the your preferred search engine's search box the after school programs you wish to find and include the region such as the city or town where you live.

John Chartrand, founder of Ottawa Robotics Academy in Ottawa, is a certified Ontario teacher with 15 years teaching experience. Read other great articles on after school programs and robotics for kids, please visit:
Ottawa Robotics Academy
2130 Westbourne Avenue
Ottawa On K2A 1N5
(613) 800-0934

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