Although academic grades are important, they should not be the sole “field” to sow our seeds in. Successful people are those who have confidence and self-belief to pursue their dreams and determination to overcome harsh moments.
When I am in NTU, I still remembered distinctly that it has always been the foreigners (especially the caucasians) who threw questions back at the lecturer or answered questions spontaneously (even when they do not know the answer). Contrast this with the fact that most Singaporeans just hope that they can disappear (or camouflage) into the background. ( Hee.. I was one of them).
After I graduated and stepped into the working world, I realised that westerners and people with fluent English are perceived to be more creative and dynamic. I personally agree they are much better communicators and they are able to formulate their ideas and sell them to their bosses, colleagues and clients.
Hence, I believe strongly that developing communication skills in our children is as important as teaching them ABC. The basic foundations for a fluent communicator are confidence in themselves to speak up and to present their ideas within a group.
Take a look at how a 9 year old summarises the bible in less than 10 mins confidently.
Frankly, I think some adults cannot do this as well as he did.
Although he did not get some of the facts right (like Adam and Eve eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil instead of the tree of life) and, yes, I believe he memorised the speech but I think he did an awesome job.
Our young children have immeasurable potential.
Enjoy and start raising fearless kids!