While I agree with most of what sms posted, and understand his children were educated in the local system successfully -- I strongly and completely disagree with this statement, unless you are only considering maths. True, statistically Singaporean children do very well in certain subjects, but its at the cost of a well rounded education, the encouragement of creative thought and the development of the whole child.sundaymorningstaple wrote: By using the local system, they will be ahead of their peers so they will in effect have a leg up as it were.
True but i believe this is changing. The OP is talking about, currently, a 1-yr old so i foresee that in the next 15-yrs it takes the boy to graduate from Secondry we will see a good shift away from current regurgatation.sprite wrote: Just ask any expat who has interviewed a Singaporean candidate for a job. Ask any question that requires a free thinking, imaginative answer and you'll hear crickets.
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Agreed. For a price. For a lot coming here nowadays, it's not a viable option as the "packages" shrink or are non-existant. You are one of the lucky ones. Had I the wherewithal all those years ago, I might not have viewed it the same I'll admit. Personally though, I feel the cultural immersion wa probably worth at least as much as the cost of the internation schools over the long term.
Although I could have afforded SAS at that time (still on expat status back then), I was more interested in the long term benefits that my kids could enjoy if they were fluent in Mandarin as well as the culture here (while not China it's not Brooklyn either). This wasn't available unless they went through the local system. This will be a major leg up when dealing with China or even Taiwan if they decide to engage in international business. They have dual citizenship and if they opt to go back with me to the US then being non-Chinese with their fluency it will be a major feather in their cap with any potential employer who is engaged in Asia.
But you are absolutely correct in that everybody has a different viewpoint/motive and none are actually right or wrong - just different.
With our prompting each other, we have just about rebuilt the lost thread!
Your son would do much better in queenstown primary or balestier hill primary than nanyang primary. The neighbourhood schools would provide your son with a more rounded education and without the over-emphasis on grades and rote-learning.grange9 wrote:However, the current primary school balloting rules for local schools would confine my son to phase 3 schools, such as queenstown primary or balestier hill primary (i live in the orchard area). Are such local neighborhood schools so much worse than better known schools like Nanyang primary or ACS primary, that he would be better off just going to UWC?
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