Chinese impt in secondary level?

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Chinese impt in secondary level?

Postby octopusmum » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:34 am

HI all

would like to know if Chinese is an impt subject in sec level?
not sure if i should continue sending ds to chinese class in berries when he starts sec 1 next year...

tks

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Re: Chinese impt in secondary level?

Postby ycpang » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:26 am

octopusmum wrote:HI all

would like to know if Chinese is an impt subject in sec level?
not sure if i should continue sending ds to chinese class in berries when he starts sec 1 next year...

tks


Chinese is important and will continue to be important for a few more generations. If someone like Jim Roger sent his DD to NYPS to learn Chinese, it already tells you something. Sadly, many KSPs here don't see that. Many of them find ways and means to "escape".

Now back to the question.every subject is important in sec. They carry equal weightage.

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Postby octopusmum » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:59 am

With 8 to 9 subjects to manage next yr, I don't know whether he should go for Chinese class or should he go for english since all other subjects r taught in English

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Postby ycpang » Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:50 am

octopusmum wrote:With 8 to 9 subjects to manage next yr, I don't know whether he should go for Chinese class or should he go for english since all other subjects r taught in English


Send him for the subject that he is weak at.

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Postby octopusmum » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:33 pm

He is attending berries and today is the last day to decide if he wants to continue next yr. They will give him priority for class timing if sign up by today .

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Postby pecalis » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:37 pm

octopusmum wrote:He is attending berries and today is the last day to decide if he wants to continue next yr. They will give him priority for class timing if sign up by today .


Berries also have classes for sec sch level?

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Postby octopusmum » Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:25 pm

Yes they have

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Postby Jennifer » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:05 pm

I wld advise to continue CL tuition for sec sch if the child had needed the extra coaching to maintain his grades in pri sch. The difficulty level is much higher.

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Postby octopusmum » Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:14 pm

HI Jennifer and all

thks for the advice.
what is the impact if he does not do well in chinese? also, i am hoping he can get into the IP programme. If he does get into the programme, does it mean that we can "relax" a little bit on chinese?

dh's view is that we shouldn't focus so much on chinese in sec school, so he is not really for the idea of continuing the enrichment class.

regards

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Re: Chinese impt in secondary level?

Postby Faun » Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:22 pm

ycpang wrote:
octopusmum wrote:HI all

would like to know if Chinese is an impt subject in sec level?
not sure if i should continue sending ds to chinese class in berries when he starts sec 1 next year...

tks


Chinese is important and will continue to be important for a few more generations. If someone like Jim Roger sent his DD to NYPS to learn Chinese, it already tells you something. Sadly, many KSPs here don't see that. Many of them find ways and means to "escape".

Now back to the question.every subject is important in sec. They carry equal weightage.


Every darn subject is important. It's all about balancing. I think one should go with the flow. If your kid is weak in Chinese, let him concentrate in English. English is still the most important in the many more years to come unless you want to work in China. The world is so big and China is not the whole world. I think there is too much hype in Singapore about Chinese learning. If you are good, that's good for you, if not why force it.

We have a family friend who flung his Chinese in schools. Now he works in China and is so good in the language. Language learning can be quite circumstantial. If you are forced into the environment due to work next time, you pick it up really fast. Faster than what PSLE or 'o' level can do for you. Because the need is there, the motivation is there.

The point is, why force because of all these fear. We don't even know where our kid will work or what he'll do next time. The future is never certain, why are parents so certain that Chinese is so important that they have to get so stressed up about it on their kid now. Relax, be present with yourself and your kid. The future is never certain.


What's important is for one to follow his interest and pursue it with passion. If you are passionate in a thing, the world will have a place for you.

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