- Challenging coursework is an important preparation for college.Jupiterimages, Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
At the heart of a good education is challenging school work that engages a child and motivates him to learn independently. A survey by Strong American Schools revealed that 59 percent of college students thought their high school classes were easy, and almost half would have preferred more challenging classes to better prepare them for college. Even more surprising is that the survey also showed that four out of five students taking remedial classes in college had high school grade point averages of 3.0 and higher. Although grades are important in school, this statistic indicates it is also important to look at the content of the courses your child takes in school. Encouraging your child to tackle advanced work better prepares them for future endeavors.