Anxiety Free Education

Zach believes that the traditional education model creates an atmosphere of frustration and anxiety, which creates emotional and behavioral problems for many of our children, especially those children that struggle. The traditional models have children competing with each other and schools also compete with other schools. This competition tears down the self-esteem of the struggling students, many of them never even experience the pride of being successful which is essential for the emotional development of the child. Zach’s educational model deemphasizes competition against other students and emphasizes individual gains. Children with disabilities need to know they can be successful in the same way non-handicapped children achieve the self-confidence they need to continue to make the educational gains. When that is achieved then students will like being in school, because learning is natural and not painful. A child with a reading disability often fights to stay home because of the embarrassment, frustration, anxiety and not feeling accepted by the teacher and the other students. If education is going to be affective for the reading impaired child, they need to want to go to school. It is only natural for children to want to learn because of their inherent curiosity. Only when children are intellectually abused with statements like but not limited to, “they could read if they were not so lazy” or “how many times do I need to tell you the same thing”. They constantly hear how others are so smart because they read so well, leading them to believe that they are not smart. This deprives them of the confidence they need for a long and successful education. For that reason and others, Zach’s dream and goal is to create a school where a quality education is accessible to children with language and literacy disabilities. Zach is committed to providing the very best program for these students. It is comprehensive in that it not only deals with improving reading levels, but also maintains grade appropriate levels in computer skills, social studies, science and math, while at the same time building confidence in student’s self-esteem by teaching a social personal class with a trained psychologist. The ultimate goal is to provide an appropriate education in an environment that is anxiety-free.

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