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An interesting chat with my son a couple nights ago…
(D doing the Assassin Creed + Gangsta + Rap Singer impression with winter clothes and seriously I do not know where he picked the style up)
I was watching TV a couple nights ago – my son was doing his homework which was weird because he usually got that done before I come back from work. I know he was kind of rushing to complete the homework when suddenly he stopped and seemed to think hard for a moment. I noticed this and I though he was thinking about his homework. I kind of ignored him and continued to watch the TV when I suddenly noticed him walking towards me.
D: Appa, can I ask you something?
Me: Yes, what is it? (I was thinking that it must be query on his homework)
D: Appa, can you send me to English school for Form 1?
Me: English school? (he spoke about it some time ago – he has been having some problem with the National Language especially in the subject of Science)
D: Yes, somewhere I can take the plane and oh yes, there must be snow too
Me: What about English school in Singapore? (me just throwing some names)
D: We can drive to Singapore! No, it must be some where we must take the plane.
Me: So, you want to America?
D: No, I want to go to US (perhaps not understanding that America & US is the same thing)
Me: Ok, sure – if Appa have enough money, I will sent you there, for sure
D: Thanks, hmmm (D going into a “thinking” motion)
D: Maybe I continue until Form 6 here and continue my college there
Me: As Appa said, if Appa have enough money, I will send you for sure but for now, you need to study hard for now. Form 1 is still long way to go
My son, with a face that indicates that he had accomplish an important mission, walks back and continue with his homework.
Now that conversation got me thinking – with the Government screwing up the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English, perhaps it is not a bad idea to look for school that actually teaches that two crucial subjects in English – a language that universally been accepted as the main language of Science (and Mathematics). A point that my son implied to me, considering how he like to watch Science related documentaries on ASTRO all in ENGLISH!
I guess I have to start collecting – Form 1 to 6 in US is going to cost me alot
- 22-2-12 // Is English or Mandarin the language of the future? (leipoyu.wordpress.com)
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