Why liddat ST? No local isit?
But first and as a background to the ST story, can believe UOB survey on education or not?
Err maybe sour grapes? Kids not smart enough?
About four in five parents here believe career success is no longer driven just by academic achievements, a recent survey has found.
Instead, they recognise the importance of discovering their children’s passions and talents early on. But only half are familiar with their children’s talents. In addition, nearly one in five parents is unsure how to tap his child’s potential.
The survey, conducted by the United Overseas Bank (UOB) in May, gathered responses from 447 parents with children aged 12 and below, on their attitudes towards their children’s future success.
(ST report last week)
My question is whether how many of the kids of the local parents who took part the survey got into an elite school (RI, St Nick, MGS, SCGS), near elite achools (Hwa Chong,TKGS, ACIS (I)) or neighbourhood schools. Bet u those whose kids got into the near-elite and neighbourhood schools say grades not that impt. To say otherwise would imply that they consider their kids “Bodoh” or “Char tow”; or that they as parents failed as commando drill instructors; or that they denigrate their kids.
A recent government survey shows that families in Singapore collectively spend about $1.1bn Singapore dollars ($827m; £526m) a year on private tuition, nearly double the amount from a decade ago.
“kids who grow up in Singapore start running the rat race from an early age” … there was always a subliminal pressure from society to get good grades.”
[But] parents and students often fuel the stress about grades because of a narrow definition of what success can be.”
Seriously, waz funny is that the story quoted (and featured) an ang moh, who may or not be S’porean. Bet u she’s not.
Ms Emily Mathews, a mother of two boys aged 10 and 12, said: “When parents realise that grades are not everything, kids are hopefully more exposed and encouraged to follow their interests, and not necessarily take the conventional routes.”
The 38-year-old risk manager said her sons have a flair for sports. She has been investing time and money to get them involved in sports such as rugby and mixed martial arts, and will continue to encourage them to pursue these interests.
Ang mohs come from a different planet. S’porean parents usually aim for the their kids to do well in commando-style academic courses, only mad-mouthing this training if kids don’t make the grade into elite schools.
And if they kids do make the grade, these parents take it as a matter of course, thanking God, not their “pressure” and expectations.
Earlier this year, I was talking to a single mum (divorced or separated) who has two well rounded (they have interesting non-academic interests: music and drama. The RI gal does Mui Thai during the hols) but really smart kids, she said when I praised her kids “Thank God, they are so matured.” One daughter is now in RI Pre U (medicine, I think) and the other is doing the 6-yr IB at MGS.
Right on Tiger Mom.