This question is similar to Worried that Kumon tutoring is not working for our daughter - but different enough that the answers there don't adequately cover my problem (this is about English rather then maths, my son has never enjoyed it and is constantly being pressured to continue)
My 7 year old son goes to a good school and has slightly above average grades. but the teachers almost certainly don't realise the amount of private lessons he is taking to augment his learning. It is quite probable that without these extra lessons he would fall towards the bottom of the class.
Other possibly relevant information - My son loves reading. My son speaks English natively, and we live in an English speaking country. My spouse and other family members do not speak English natively - English is not typically spoken at home except by/for me.
The biggest problem is Kumon English lessons which he hates (and has hated for the 2 years he has been doing it) It is always a struggle to get him to do it - to the point I feel its breaking up our family. No amount of incentives can get him to focus on it. My spouse - and her community (of rich parents of the same ethnicity) is, however, insistent that my son needs to continue with Kumon.
Sitting down with him over the last few days to try do it with him, I discovered that it is extremely repetitive. I don't have a background in education and repeating the identical questions multiple times does not make a lot of sense to me - and sadly, my son does not seem good at remembering previous answers.
So My questions -
- Is it actually beneficial to force my son to continue to do Kumon ?
- Would replacing Kumon with reading books have a similar benefit ?
- Are there other programs which take a different approach which may be easier and as beneficial to my son ?