As consumers of academic goods and services, most parents are hopelessly ignorant. They simply do not know an effective program from an ineffective one. They rely on the recommendations of teachers, principals, special needs specialists, doctors, psychologists and other professionals.
Parents are generally adept at perceiving that something is amiss with their child’s learning. They just do not know specifically what it is or what to do to fix it. In a similar situation with their family doctor, dentist or optometrist, the professional would pull out a record of their history and discuss the problem in light of that information. The report would contain hard data about the condition and any changes since the last visit. On the basis of these data, the doctor other health professional would come to a diagnosis and a specific decision regarding treatment.