The unhealthy tuition phenomenon

Many parents in Singapore give their children tuition not because they can not cope but to get better (hopefully prefect) scores. No wonder enrichment classes and tuition centres is a billion dollar in Singapore here. Sometimes I wonder if the role is reversed and the parent is the student who was asked to attend all kinds of tuitions and enrichment classes, will he (mostly she the mother) like it? Why does something to the children what they themselves would not like to treated that way?

Related links:

  • The Sunday Times (Jun 3, 2012) “My Child is GIFTED”
  • The Sunday Times (May 6, 2012) “‘F’ for childhood” – “Pushing such young children too hard can often have deleterious results….According ti IMH, more than one in 10 primary school pupils here had emotional and behavioural problems in 2010…. The lesson for parents is this: Let children enjoy their childhood, before it is lost.”