I am one of those parents who have seen all, been there, done that where parenting is concerned.Â I used to be a very kiasu (competitive) mother, keeping an eagle eyes on my kids’ studies and was a strict disciplinarian.Â Those days when I have scheduled time for them to do their homework, study, extra works etc etc.
Somehow, along the way, I realised that life is too short to be bothered too much.Â Life is meant for living happily.Â One life, live it.Â Here today, gone tomorrow.Â Top of the class, middle so-so or right at the bottom, it doesn’t matter anymore.
So, my eldest son had a dramatic switch from Maths andÂ Science in Bahasa Malaysia (our national language) to English within a year.Â He never make a single peep of complaint.Â Then, my second son has a breather of going from Standard Six to Form One to make the switch.Â As for my third son, he entered Standard One, studying both subjects in English.
For them, it is no problem because we speak English at home (ok, broken Hokklish) and they do have lots and lots of books in English.Â You know, those DK series and stuffs like that?Â Â It is an easy transition for them to learn multiply instead of darab.Â No problem with faeces instead of tahi.
However, my third son has major problem because he cannot catch up with his Bahasa Malaysia as BM is the only subject he studies in BM.Â (other than Kajian Tempatan and Moral which are non-UPSR subjects, so who cares)Â His BM suxs to the max.Â I can’t do much about it because languageÂ is not something you can master overnight. Â We gave him Doraemon, Mutiara Naga (Dragon Ball lah) and all sort of comic books to entice him to read BM.Â Still struggling but UPSR is another two years.Â Don’t worry, be happy.
Tapi…mampus lah!Â I baru terbaca mengenai masalah ini dari blog SassyMP, Sdri. Teresa Kok. (apamaciam, ada gaya jadi setiausaha politik tak? kehkehkeh)
The survey done by education ministry has proven that this policy has failed. The education ministry should change the policy immediately and should not wait till 2008 as announced by Hishamuddin two days ago. By prolonging this failed policy, we will only sacrifice the maths standard of more students regardless of race.
Yannaday…..ini maciam, mati lah…..Belum sempat anak saya biasakan diri, sudah mau tukar lagi kah?Â Tak boleh kasi itu semua orang tak tau Bahasa Inggeris punya hor… terus terperuk kat belakang kelas?Â Mengapa kita harus bertukar fikiran, bertukar polisi tanpa merancang dahulu?Â Pada pendapat saya, kita harus mengajar matapelajaran sains dan matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris kerana kedua-dua matapelajaran ini adalah untuk kegunaan global.
We cannot keep changing policy like this.Â Now that we have changed to English, let it be.Â These students have to keep up with their English.Â There is noÂ easy way out.Â Just like how all theÂ non-Malay speaking children have to get used to learning Maths and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.
As I see it, some of these children who are stucked with lousy performance will remain the scapegoats or rather guinea pigs of a bad decision.Â Too bad, but that’s life.Â English is a universal language.Â So, whether those Chinese, Tamil speaking kids like it or not, they have to learn it.Â Those rural Malay boys, learn it.Â Just like how my #3 son struggled with his BM.
FINAL WORD – Stop being so fickle minded.Â Stop trying to be ‘Seperti tikus menampal labu?’ (eh, correct ah?)Â Someone/some kids have to be sacrificed.Â That’s life. It is English, learn it or live with it.Â DON’T CHANGE AGAIN!