Future School Here Today: RG Channel

From Da Vinci’s futuristic flying machines to Jules Verne’s “phonotelephote” (video conferencing) and onwards to H. G. Wells’ time machine, history is filled with examples of ideas preceding technological ability.

Since Plato’s first documentation of Socrates’ teachings, ideas of “magical” classrooms with seamless information transfer have been suggested and even realised in education. Where would we be without ink and paper, the printing press and more recently the personal computer and the internet?

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Future Skills brings about better English grades

Marks are important to your children. One mark can make a difference between grades. One grade can determine what school your child can be posted to.

Marks are important for English Language as it is one of the core subjects. Especially so when English forms the basis of all other subjects except Mother Tongue. For example, weak English would lead to difficulties with problem sums in Mathematics. That is why you put so much money and effort in ensuring the best for your children.

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Strategies for Spelling

According to experts, spelling is a function of three things – knowledge of phonemes and phonics, knowledge of spelling rules and memorisation and practice. What do these three mean?

Knowledge of phonemes and phonics simply means the knowledge of letter sounds. So, a child who is an expert in this is able to spell a word based on how the word sounds like. Of course there are some words that are pronounced differently from how they are written. For example, “island” came from the Old English íglund. But it picked up the ‘s’ from the Latin word insula (also meaning island), and has therefore remained spelt this way despite the lack of an ‘s’ sound. Read More…

Secondary English Made Simple for First-timers

For secondary one students in 2014, the experience of transitioning between primary to secondary school will both be exciting and challenging. It is a new environment with new classmates and new teachers.

While most children adapt to new environments quickly, one area that takes some time is the increase in the number of academic subjects. Not only that, these once familiar subjects become more difficult. Read More…

Manifesto of a parent

British philosopher, historian, mathematician, and social critic Bertrand Arthur William Russell is one of the most influential and intellectually diverse thinkers in modern history.

Russell had certain themes which he loved to espouse – the purpose of education, the value of uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking and the gift of intelligent criticism. On December 16, 1951, his manifesto on teachers was published, linking his favourite themes to the responsibilities of teachers.

Some of his points are also valid for parents. Let us discover what his beliefs are on the responsibilities of teachers and think about how they impact on us as parents.

When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

It is easy to use our authority to suppress dissent, especially on a young child. However, as your children grow older, this strategy doesn’t work anymore. Explain why your way or your decision is correct and base it on logic and/or moral values. This way, children will understand why you made the decision and will come to respect you more.

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

Sometimes, your child has an idea that may be strange or really different. Do not dismiss them immediately. You should ask questions why they came up with this idea. If it is wrong, explain why it is wrong. Or else, ask questions to make them think harder. After all, a lot of ideas were initially opposed but was eventually proved correct.

Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

Be truthful at all times – you will realise that the truth will reveal itself eventually. You might even lose the respect of your children if they realised that their parent had lied to them. Be a great role-model to your children and they will grow up correct.

These are just three points that we want to highlight. It is indeed clear that if we live by these three points, we will turn out to be great parents and good role models for our children.