NAPLAN: Regular testing creating anxious kids who struggle at school

After coming home from a long day at school, many parents find it challenging to inspire students to complete their homework. At the same time, most parents will agree that homework is a necessary step in securing high test scores. But is the pressure of homework and regular tests really doing more harm than good?

Dr Elizabeth Green, a Perth pediatrician specializing in behavioral issues,  has taken a stand against both homework and standardized testing. She says that with the introduction of NAPLAN, anxiety could become the next “big” public health issue, with many of the children she treats expressing fear toward the upcoming tests. “It’s testing and not educating our kids,” says Dr. Green. “[And] of most concern is that they just give up”. Click here for the full article.

Dr. Green advocates that a healthy life requires a healthy balance. While she encourages parents to respect the choices of teachers, she advocates parents stepping in when they feel the homework load is unreasonable. In particular, students who are not familiar with the homework routine from primary school are more likely to struggle with the concept in high school.

The challenge of NAPLAN is one that students will now have to overcome four times in the course of their primary and high school education (in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9). Overcoming this challenge can be stressful for both students and parents. But a helpful tutor and mentor from Aspire Tuition can help to alleviate that stress.

At Aspire Tuition, we believe in striking a balance between study and other commitments, while developing good study habits from an early age. Such well-rounded individuals are best equipped to deal calmly with the stresses of being a student and the later challenges of their adult life. The personalized, one-on-one style of tuition and mentoring which we offer at Aspire Tuition has been demonstrated to close educational gaps and alleviate test anxiety.

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