• Paradigm Shifts Needed

Parents, please prepare your children for the school of life, not just for school.

Give your child lots of opportunities to think independently, develop creative problem-solving skills, life skills, team spirit and social-communication skills.

Visit some countries or just interact with your child’s peers from other countries, hope you will understand the deep need to help your child becomes a critical thinker and problem-solver and not one who scores well in schools by regurgitating facts and figures.

The motivating force to start having paradigm shifts in view of education and grades today is, to allow your child to be a winner in the dynamic world of tomorrow.

 “Slow”, “Naughty”, “Stupid”, “Lazy” and “Hopeless”?

Learners who experience difficulties in mainstream schools are not what majority of the people would like to believe -“slow”, “naughty”, “stupid”, “lazy” and “hopeless”.

In fact, many of them are relatively bright learners who need more stimulated and participative learning than boring regurgitation and drills of worksheets and assessment books.

Some factors in these 5 areas that may contribute to effective learning or learning difficulties:

      • Environment – home and school
      • Teachers – parents and all caregivers
      • Child Himself/Herself – personality, upbringing, learning styles, experience…
      • Teaching Methodologies – ways of teaching and learning
      • Curriculum – syllabus content, skills and pace

Yes, there are learners who have some learning difficulties due to various reason stated in the 5 areas such as poor teaching methods, different learning styles or lack of pre-school experience.

Some may even have Specific Learning Difficulties (SLDs) like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but their IQ may range from average to high.

These mainstream learners just learn differently. They may not score As at this point but it does not mean they are capable of learning and excelling. It does not mean that they are not capable of being successful in life. It does not mean that they are “slow”, “naughty”, “stupid”, “lazy” and “hopeless”.

It simply means that they need specialised help that not only understands them, but help them learn and learning how to learn.

Witnessing many young lives being misunderstood, “mis-labelled”, unsupported and written-off is very heart wrenching.

  • Diagnostic Learning or Traditional Tuition?

What makes it worse is that young lives lose self-esteem and love for learning when they are sent to numerous tuition and remedial classes that do not address the root needs but pile learners with more practice with mind-numbing drill practices.

Looking at young hearts losing motivation, love and joy for learning will set you thinking real hard.

On the contrary, it is extremely rewarding to guide and see young lives believing in themselves and realising their potential through diagnostic learning.

  • “Absolute Nothingness”

Similarly exasperating are, the wasted learning time in long waits for assessments, the clever diagnosis of “problems” and endorsing reports with labels by experts and specialists without providing anything constructive to support or help the newly “branded” child.

It is likening to receiving a negative medical report and all the doctor did was to ask you to bring it home without any follow-up therapy or practical intervention, happy that the diagnosis was found.

It is considered “Absolute Nothingness” to Bridge Learning.

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