Monday, November 19, 2007

Give the children a break from studies

The holidays have begun but parents are not about to let their children out of "school." Apart from a few days of holiday outings, the rest of the long holidays are spent studying to equip for better performance for the next hurdle. Thus children are enrolled for holiday classes, run either by the school or private centers. Very popular are courses for preparation of high stake examinations such as the UPSR, PMR SPM with focus on major subjects like Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science.

I'm not against learning but as the saying goes All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Another saying with similar inference is There's a season for everything - a season for work and a season for rest.

Children should be allowed to expand their horizon beyond their studies. Exposing them to spheres outside of academic subjects will actually make better students. Drama, creativity courses and survival camps would serve them better in the long run than dry, academic subjects. This has been confirmed by educational experts who suggest that we bring our prior knowledge into our studying.

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