Stumbled upon this during a discussion with a neighbour who lived overseas for a couple of years. No wonder our system is accused of 'Hot-housing'
Example of an overseas fieldtrip organised by a school for 10 year olds.
1) School organises a learning journey to the diary farm.
2) Farm hand explores the technical aspects of the work like how cheese and milk are produced etc.
3) Teachers seize the opportunity to explore occupations and how important it is to appreciate farmers and workers who toil long hours to put food on our table (Thats the teaching of Values incorporated into the curriculum for you!)
4) Students are given 'homework' where they have to write a reflection on
their learning as well as interview a family member to find out more about their work.
5) Students present their learning in class a week later.
6) Write a short composition about jobs related to their family members or farm visit.
* the difference here is our kids are rushed through their learning journeys and there is no follow up and processing of their learning with the teacher the next day. When I ask my kids what they have learnt after a visit to the frog farm or HDB Hub, they only recall the snacks and games they ate on the bus ride there. I think our kids deserve more. I wonder what our education system is world class for?
Any views parents? Thanks
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