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teen: 12-18 yrs.

School is where your child hones skills that are every bit as essential to his all-around development and future success as English, math, science, and social studies, even if they don't appear on a report card. These include critical thinking, problem solving, respecting authority (and, when appropriate, challenging it), asking questions, defending positions and learning to get along with one's peers.

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Disputes Over Grades

If a child has a dispute over a grade you may be tempted to challenge the grade. However, keep in mind that as parents, we’re not always in the best position to evaluate the quality of our youngster’s work.