Fren: So are you planning to send your son to Chinese or National School later?
Me: Chinese la
Me: With China coming up so strongly, it is better that he knows mandarin
Fren: But Chinese school got so much homework. The poor kid will have no more childhood once he starts school. Might as well send him to national school and then send him for private tuition on Mandarin
That is very true. My parents sent me to a Chinese kindergarten when I was small. I hated the Mandarin homework and will cry everyday while doing my homework. Because of that my parents decided to send me to national school so that I will learn to like school. I guess it was a wise choice then, as I gave them no trouble at school. They rarely had to worry about my homework or performance at school. In fact, I was one of the top students and at the same time have lots of opportunities to enjoy my childhood.
I really wish to see him enjoy his childhood too and not spend them agonizing over school work. But like all parents, I want to make sure that he learns the right skills and languages to ensure a bright future when he grows up.
Though Bryan is only 1 year old, it will be a matter of time before I have to register him for primary 1. There are pros and cons to each.
I guess I will wait until he starts pre-school and access his learning interest before making a decision.