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Are the “Three Rs” Still the Most Important Points in Education Today?

students reading writing and arithmeticWhen we were young, teachers often focused on the “Three Rs.” These are reading, writing, and arithmetic. These three basics were the mainstay of education. However, as technology progresses, more and more schools are undermining these basic principles because students need to know more and be able to work with computers, software, and other pieces of technology. The “three Rs” can become discounted as basic and fundamental learning tools.

Students here at Delphi Academy of Boston focus on the reading, writing, and arithmetic while also learning science, art, and technology. In fact, we drill down beyond these basic three tenets of learning to teach students how to both evaluate and use new information. We feel the point of education is not only to show a student how to gain more knowledge, but how to absorb and use that knowledge in a practical manner.

The Three Rs Are Relevant Today

Education has always gone beyond the basics of “reading, writing, and arithmetic.” However, the “Three Rs” are tools with which a student can gain more knowledge in any subject. If a student can read and write, he or she can complete a research project and learn to type. If a student understands the basics of arithmetic, he or she can learn to program complex algorithms or study science.

How You Can Help

As a parent, you can help your child learn the Three Rs of education and improve his or her life. Here are a few things you can do to help your child learn these important educational basics:

  • Read to and/or with your child each night.
  • Cook with your child, following a recipe.
  • Write your child handwritten notes, and ask him or her to do so back.
  • Encourage your child to use a dictionary to help him or her spell words and look up the meanings of words.
  • Build something with your child, using a plan that defines the length and width of objects.
  • Help your child set up a lemonade stand, bake sale, or garage sale. He or she can make the signs, sell items, and give correct change to customers.
  • Include your child when writing holiday and birthday cards.
  • Ask your child to keep a journal of questions he or she has asked to which you do not know the answer. On the weekend, take your child to the library to discover the answers. Alternatively, show your child how to research the answer to such questions on the internet – while avoiding dubious websites.
  • When planning a trip or vacation, include your child in calculating distances, mapping where you need to go, and writing the overall itinerary.

All of these actions can help your youngster improve his or her skills in reading, writing, or arithmetic. Additionally, they teach your child how useful these skills are in a real-world setting.

Our mission at Delphi Academy of Boston is to give your child a strong educational foundation to reach his or her full potential. The Three Rs coupled with our basic philosophy of helping students understand how to use their knowledge in a practical way keeps the young people we work with enthusiastic about growing their own education. Contact us today to find out more information about our curriculum.


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