Thursday, January 08, 2015

a new regime

The elderly lady shuffles into the classroom on the second day of school. It is the first time the maths teacher is meeting them. The ten-year-old boys and girls cannot believe how slowly she is walking.

Then madam, who is new to the school, starts teaching them about tens and hundreds and thousands and ten thousands and millions. Her pupils cannot believe how slowly she is teaching them about something they already know.

She proceeds to issue worksheets. They cannot believe how slowly she is distributing the papers.

Some pupils take out their books to read. Others chit-chat.

Back home, Day has a swell time re-enacting the collective dropped jaws when he and his classmates met their new maths teacher. He delightedly acts out 2014 versus 2015 maths class scenarios, alternatively whipping up and shouting all sergeant-like then hunching his back like an old crone.

She is as far removed from the old one as night and day. From going at 120km per hour, they’re now doing 60.

On the old teacher, the intense one who is now teaching maths in another class, Day says somewhat nostalgically, “We could hear him shouting from the other classroom. He’s already finished one chapter and we’ve only done one page.”

(For the record, the kids all want the intense teacher)

This year, the much-touted nightmare year, has been a lot less of a nightmare than the year before.

DAY HAS HAD NO HOMEWORK. (apart from some Chinese) And his Science teacher, who is apparently frequently sick, is away for two weeks.

Yeah we've had a leisurely first week of school. 

But after four years of this education system, I know well enough to know that these are not great signs for Primary 5 children of average intelligence and average motivation without tuition ie Homework at this point is a good thing.

1 comment:

Rene said...

Totally agree! for kids with no tuition or extra supplements, we need school to keep them on the toes! :P better school the monster than us mums :)