“My daughter S. has been coming to Clearwater (Community) Learning Center for two years now. She started in the 2nd grade. She was struggling to keep up in school. She hated school and didn’t want to go. As you can see, school has changed a lot since we have gone to school.
“The teachers tell you on Back to School night if your child falls behind, it is up to us as her parents to get her caught up. This can be very difficult considering they don’t send home her workbooks but pull pages out of them and send them home because they want the child to be doing the work, not the parent. We don’t know how they are doing the new math so when we show them how we were taught, it confuses them more. I learned pretty quickly that if I wanted my daughter to learn the basics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division that I would have to teach her.
“I still can’t believe they stopped giving spelling words after 1st grade. Then tell me we are going to the computer age and there is spell correct. Wow. You can imagine I’m just shocked about that.
“They (teachers) want them (students) to be able to pass these tests so they can have raises. My daughter is struggling to pass these tests.
“S’s tutor Theresa has filled an educational void and become her teacher. It has been a long road trying to play catch up while they keep pushing S. forward even though she is not ready for it. Finally, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. She is learning her basics with Theresa and that is helping her in school. She is having fun doing it.
“S. is actually getting B’s and is on Honor Roll for the first time in her life. We couldn’t be more thrilled. We would like to say thank you for being there for not only our child but also all children who need help with learning.” -C.D. (mother)