Zac’s mum,zac's mum wrote: ↑Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:25 pm
Hello! The video is unavailable, but I have read the book - incidentally, ACSJ’s school library had several spare copies and the librarian told me I was welcome to take home one or two spare copies when I showed interest. It is a fairly old publication (written in 2007!) but I think the premise (differences between boys and girls’ brains) still holds true today.
There is no MOE primary school in Singapore that uses programs directly from the Gurian Institute, at least not that I know of.
These are the things that I noticed ACSJ does differently from other primary schools (including ACSP):
- the PAL (Program for Active Learning) modules are mostly geared towards sports (rugby, tennis) and outdoor games & nature/weather exploration outdoors. This is an MOE initiative for all P1 and P2 kids and each school can customize according to their preferences. Eg. I noticed some SAP boys schools have mostly Chinese calligraphy and other Chinese cultural programs for their PAL. And the co-ed schools have more emphasis on Art and dance for their PAL.
- ACSJ has more P.E. periods compared to other schools. Yes I compared and counted. To me (and my boy), P.E. is VITAL in draining the excessive energy so that they can focus BETTER on the academic seatwork after that. The improved blood circulation does wonders for the brain. Unfortunately not all female teachers concur (some think that the boys will be too tired to concentrate later - not true IMO!)
- lesson delivery: there is use of educational videos during some lessons (not always) to capture the boys’ attention when the textbooks get too dry. This caters to the Visual learners in the population (of which the majority of boys are). Not much of catering to kinesthetic learners IMO. The boys are still expected to be seated and quiet while the teacher is talking. Only during discussion time may they raise their hands and wait to be called on. Definitely no walking about during lessons. Sometimes there is team project work but movement is still minimized and focus on the work is expected.
- plenty of sports CCAs to choose from. The school compound itself contains a playground (under renovation now) where the boys can run and play freely during recess and after school.
- the school library stocks boy-friendly books! Specially chosen by the librarian to include various Superhero books, plus many non-fiction books on War History, Space, Science Encyclopedias etc. MUCH better-stocked than public libraries IMO (80% of which contains storybooks for girls). And the school library does not expect dead funeral silence like in public libraries. Can talk but no shouting of course.
- there is no pressure on academic performance at lower primary, although the boys are expected to work diligently of course. The school will spot the slower learners and lots of help is offered to help them catch up. If you’re expecting Learning thru play (like in preschool) - sorry no such thing in primary schools. The boys will learn EQ thru playing at the playground outside lesson time. There are form teacher guidance periods where they will discuss “personal emotion meter” and how to be aware of own emotions (especially anger) - how to handle etc. School values are emphasized in the context of a yearly bible verse chosen by the Principal.
- not sure what else you’d like to know. Generally I can say that my boy is a fairly typical boy and he loves the school. He is also fairly average in school. Naturally those boys who are more academically-inclined (mature earlier just like the girls, less sporty, very studious obedient type) will STILL be the teachers’ pets - the bulk of the teachers are female after all. But there is room for the slow and average learner to grow at their own pace. Contrast this with an academic pressure cooker type of school (I’m sure you know which ones) - right from Day 1 the typical boy is disadvantaged and condemned as a “failure”, which becomes a downward spiral into “I’m so stupid compared to the girls, I don’t want to bother trying anymore” - true story I’ve witnessed.
Don’t forget to add they hv THINKERS’ Programme (unless it has been scrapped), also the Destination Imagination & Odyssey of The Mind programmes. The boys are spoilt for choices!