angryboy wrote:...Apparantly Keiko spoke to Harumi who had spoken to Yukiko and she said that Michiko`s son in another class is up to page X in book X so she got together with Akiko and together they decided that their boys are much smarter so therefore they should be at least up to the same stage....
I think these mothers believe your language school is structured as a Kumon juku. If you ever have the opportunity to visit a Kumon school, do so. The drills are good, some say, but one can give Kumon credit with its method of separating students very effectively, according to their level and progress. If you are familar with the Kumon method, you can understand what I'm saying. Well that being said, Kumon -- good or bad -- can be bad, in a sense of creating an atmosphere of competition between the mothers. I know of one child, 4 years old, who has mastered enough Math to confuse your average American college graduate. The mother is very proud and she likes to brag all day long. The price of this, her daughter has no friends and she only has time to do homework, locked in her room all day and night.
It's sad that angryboy's boss lacks both a basic understanding of language education and the basic principles of loyality with his teachers, but I guess those are the qualities that are too common in the eikaiwa business.
By the way, could you give your students an English proficiency exam? How about an eiken (STEP) test? I'm sure your school has some exams on file. Well, if your school wants a true assessment of their level and progress, it should conduct one. Progress on a certain page in a book means nothing. That only depends on the teacher's style. Some rush, others slowly cover the material.