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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Something To Ponder

As usual, while on our way back home from school, my boy would start updating me on what had happened in school.  Some of the days, I would be told that he got reprimanded for talking too much or simply being too busy body and once in a while for not bringing his book. *slaps head*   Today, two "bad news" (in his own words) were broadcasted to me.

Bad News No. 1
The class was supposed to have their "Ting Xie" test today and prior to that, this Malay girl in his class had secretly written down the "Ting Xie" characters on her desk and copied from there during the test.  She was caught red-handed by the teacher and was reprimanded.  The teacher made her do ear-squats 90 times. 

I know the girl's mother and we exchanged contact numbers during the orientation day.  We would have some small chats while waiting to claim our kids from the school compound.  A working mother, she drops her girl off at tuition center before going to work every morning and her homework, lunch, transport to school are being taken care of by the tuition center.  She paid RM480 per month for the service.  She confesses that despite attending tuition, her Chinese subjects are still within marginal passes only.  She sounds frustrated for not being able to coach her personally.

Things To Ponder
What makes a  7 years old cheat in a bi-weekly test and it's not even an official exam? Pressure from the teacher?  I ask my boy if the teacher reprimands should they get the writing wrong and he tells me no.  Could it be pressure from the parents? Hmmm....

Bad News No. 2
This boy in my boy's class refused to look at the teacher in her eyes when talking.  The teacher then questioned him and insisted on eye contact.  Still, he stubbornly said No.  Of course, he was reprimanded.  He was made to sit on the walkway outside the class and continue with his writing on the floor.  After a while the teacher then asked him to look her in the eyes which he again refused, this time he was made to sit beside the rubbish bin. Gosh...

This boy's parents both run their own business. Hahaha.. By now you would probably ask how come I know most if not all of the parents?  No larr..  This one, so happen my boy was invited to their boy's birthday party few months ago.

Thing To Ponder
Why would the boy behave the way he did?  Could it be that he dislikes the teacher and thus avoiding eye contact?  Coming back to his stubborness to obey even when made to sit next to the rubbish bin? Hmm....

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Anonymous mommy to chumsy said...

perhaps the girl is so scared of getting bad marks that she resorted to cheat during ting xie? *sigh* children attending chinese school are so stressful :( the punishments are very harsh too :( i am not looking forward to mine going to primary 1 in 2 year's time.

August 25, 2010 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger eugene said...

I think it shas got to do with teachers more so with the parents, you see, we have lost the fundamental of schooling, that's is learn to be a better person, to acquire knowledge, to learn to be humble but then again.

we all want to see As,,, instead of improvement, to me improvement means a lot, if we don't encourage our children or our pupil even with a slight improvement then they will never get big improvement.

When my son flung his BM ( 49 marks) i did not scold him or anything like that, i told him could he try to do slightly better, and he did (55 marks ) the next time, to me that's a great acheivement already, encourage him somemore, now he is doing about (70 Plus)

When the little cheats, it could be he/she has learnt to cheat from the parents (seriously) or he/she has been compared to someone who is doing better than he/she.

Too bad, the children now have lost the joy of studying already.........

August 26, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Sheoh Yan said...

These 2 cases also made me pondering now. Anyway, wish you have a nice trip to Genting.

August 26, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger MK mummy said...

for the malay girl case, perhaps she was feeling the pressure and wanted to get some good marks to show her parents...

August 27, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger michelle@mybabybay said...

For the 2nd case, it may not be his stubbornness. It could be due to fear or anxiety which he may not be able to control.

August 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous suituapui said...

This reminds me of the days of the Christian Brothers were in charge in the schools - their rule of fear and the cane was the law! I was in one of those schools.

But today, there is the other extreme too...and sadly, in the schools today, it is more often the case...where the students behave like monkeys, turning the whole class upside down...and the teachers have absolutely no control - they still go on teaching but nobody gives a damn, no learning takes place.

Something for you to ponder about too...

August 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Mummy Gwen said...

Wah..studying in a Chinese school so stress one ah. :(

August 29, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

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