Minishorts has actually written an interesting entry on Chinese school vs Malay school.
I think she's worried too much about the future, especially the future of our public schools.
If she is in the education line, she would know the horrors of what an education system like that can do to the creativity of our young minds. Too much rote memory is not good for the young children, and what is the good of so much work books? I think it is redundant!
The children go to school at 7 and come back by 3. They dont see the sun in the morning when they come in, and by the time they leave, it is almost 4pm. They carry two heavy bags to school. In the morning, they have the MORNING HOMEWORK. After lunch, they are given EVEN MORE HOMEWORK for the Afternoon.
10 subjects and doing homework till 11pm late at night! By the time the child is done, they are so tired they don't even think of going to play! I think it is so *sad*. That is what is happening to children. They find NO MEANING in doing all the homework.
Week after week are tests. Tests. Tests. Tests.
Hello, and for children at 7 years old? I wonder how they cope. My former children all look so pale these days and complain that they hate going to school.
Futhermore, what is the point of so much homework if there is no time to *assimilate* the information?
My best solutions:
1)Send them to private schools. (if you can afford it).
2) Send to Malay schools, and send them for Mandarin tuition.
Thanks, but I don't want my children going to chinese schools.
I would rather my children have less work and more time to play, and enjoy their childhood.
Study, they must, but happy they must also be!