Chenonceau wrote:Chenonceau wrote:Irene Tham's article in the Straits Times today got me thinking about the practice in schools of testing beyond the current year syllabus. I understood from the article that...
It's The Parent's Fault
Parents who send kids to enrichment FORCE Teachers to test at ever higher levels.
It cannot be the parents' fault alone when no one is putting a gun to MOE's head to say "Test beyond the cognitive level or else..." In fact, again and again, in parliament and in this forum, so many are saying... Don't test beyond cognitive levels... so our kids can have a normal childhood.
No one is FORCING MOE to test high. I am in effect trying to lobby MOE to test reasonably and to NOT follow the bar set by enriched kids.
I agree with you Chenon...when an issue has grown to such a magnitude, it cannot simply be one single entity's fault. It is a chain effect interlocking each other deeper into the issue. In some cases, it was the parents driving the acceleration of curriculum when teachers found that too many can obtain full score. In other cases, it was the teachers driving the majority of the children into an unrealistic realm in an exam that resulted in many flogging to the tuition centres for help. There is contribution from the direction of some principals as well to make this paper chase madder than it should. And certainly MOE not managing the phenomenon and letting it get so out of hand cannot be innocent of this resulting situation as well. So at such a crunch where everyone actually contributed to the problem, then the only one who can pull everyone to their senses again would be the one with the most power and that would be MOE. If PERI has not disbanded, it is probably time for PERI to review and improvise things further.