In our pursuit for the best for our children, do stop and ponder over this.
"Why do you have to be like the others?"
I thought that I could be a parent who would let the kid progress without tuition or extra classes, only to be told by the school that he has to perform better. I was naive enough to think that the school would only expect the students to know only things that have been taught. Imagine my horror when the teacher gave out sample compositions done by fellow classmates that indicated the use of vocab and phrases way beyond their years.
We seem to be living in a vicious circle. The schools set more and more difficult questions to differentiate the really good students. The average students find the questions difficult and go for enrichment classes, thus pushing up the standard. So the school has to set even more difficult questions…
We send our children to enrichment classes, tuition etc in the hope that they do not fall behind their cohort. But how many of us in our age group survived without tuition / extra classes? Aren’t we all still doing well?
What would happen if one day, everyone stops going for all these extra lessons? Would we be worse off?
Ignoring the ad at the end, this video clip shows that anyone can be different and still excel.