I took up the scholarship, stayed there for a month and a half and in the midst of my bridging, decided to come back.
A couple of weeks ago I went with a mom friend to visit a private elementary school for Fighter. Fatty and I have been talking about this for ages — even before we had kids — and we never got anywhere.
A friend met the principal of one of the international schools in Malaysia who said she felt sorry for us. Sure, I faced some difficulties speaking up in class when I went to a US college.
Horror stories and photos of wrong facts taught to students circulate on social media. This is not merely hearsay. Take these actual pages from an English textbook.
Or these results from a PISA education ranking. Malaysia scores dismally near the bottom in fact for not only creative problem solving, but also math, science and reading.
Right now we have two options, government school not being one of them. One is Chinese vernacular school whether government or independentthe other is international school. Chinese education is thought of to churn out hardworking, disciplined students, who will confirm be very good at Mandarin, it being the medium of instruction.
But the downside is lots of homework until no time to do anything else but homeworka kid who may not be encouraged to be different or think out of the box, extra classes to develop creativity, other skills, English, etc that Chinese school may not focus on — meaning kids may be deprived of a childhood in which they play rather than going to classes all the damn time International school is attractive cos the syllabus is thought to be generally superior to the Malaysian one.
The certifiably good and established ones are also the most expensive. The irony is, maybe if we had less money, this would not be a dilemma, to put it bluntly. Private education would not be an option at all and we would make do with what we are given.
Whether that education is worth that huge sum of money, whether they will turn out to be greater, cleverer people because of that, or whether they will be spoilt, ungrateful brats. Or if we opt for Chinese school, whether we are depriving our children of real childhoods, where they learn and socialize through play.
Whether instead of a love of learning and reading, my children will instead learn to hate school.This is a tough one. I got a local education, and like you, I also feel I turned out alright.
However, the boyfriend is educated in the USA, and even there, his parents paid through the nose to provide private education for both him and his sister (from kindergarten all the way to high school).
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It’s application season again and I’m sure a lot of you are contemplating applying for the ASEAN Scholarship. For those who don’t know, I was awarded the ASEAN Scholarship for four years beginning this year, which is a full scholarship including accommodation, school fees, medical check-ups, etc.
harap-harap dapat A.. English tahun ni..
tinggal 11 hari lagi.. good luck.