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有人批评我国年轻人是草莓族,你对此有什么看法?

草莓族是指那些外表看起来光鲜亮丽,但内心很脆弱,承受不了压力的年轻人。我国年轻人是草莓族的情况的确存在,我为此感到担忧。

为什么会有草莓族的出现呢?首先,我国年轻人的生活富裕,他们都过着无忧无虑的生活。如果要什么东西,只需开口就可以获得,根本无须出力。再加上现在许多家庭都是双薪制,父母无法在家里管教孩子,就聘请女佣代劳。

除外,新加坡社会安定,也没有什么天灾人祸。本地年轻人没有吃过什么苦,从而变成了“温室里的小花”,根本经不起风吹雨打。

因为怕输的心理,新加坡父母为了让自己的孩子出人头地,不惜花费大量金钱帮孩子打造一个完美的读书环境,小孩身处于这种环境根本无须为其他东西忧虑,因为父母都会一手包办,而小孩的责任就是把书读好。然而父母的这种竞争心理会造成孩子个个都变成名副其实的书呆子。除了书本上的知识,许多现代新加坡年轻人都不知如何与人相处。因为年幼时的生活安逸,所以只要碰到一点困难就会半途而废,根本禁不起任何考验。

如果我国年轻人个个都成为草莓族的话,后果将不堪设想。在21世纪知识爆炸的时代,如果这些年轻人只要一遇到挫折就会当缩头乌龟,那新加坡的未来在哪里?因为多数人是草莓族,我国年轻人根本无法承受任何压力,只要遇到小小刺激就会大喊“救命”,甚至自甘堕落。因此我国未来的重担要是落在这些“金玉其外,败絮其中”的年轻人肩上,未来谁可以负责作出重大的决策?

我认为若要让年轻人脱离“草莓族”,首先,当年轻人遇到困难时,他们必须鼓足勇气去面对,而且要坚持不懈地解决困难。第二,如果面对长辈的数落或质疑,年轻人不应该感到郁闷,而是要用行动来证明自己可以独立,也可以承受压力。第三,年轻人必须愿意吃苦。学校可以举办校外营,在大自然的情况下训练学生们的意志力和生存能力。而媒体也可以作为最佳宣传管道,告诫父母、国人来关注此问题,而借助社会大众的能量对症下药。

我国未来的重担将会落在这些年轻人的肩上,因此我国年轻人一定要懂得吃苦耐劳,脱离“草莓族群”,而且在新加坡遇到困难时,愿意保卫国家,让建国50年的新加坡还有更多的50年!

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Note 1: Strawberry generation is a hot topic. You might find similar writings on the same topic.

Note 2: The above is prepared for my student for his examination.

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Singapore Education System

If you have been reading my posts, you see that I use general terms such as children or write how old the child is. Every country has its own education system. Thus, using general terms is easily understood by most people. If you would like to know what K2, P1 or Sec 1 means in Singapore, below is the table to show the education system in general*:

Stage Sub-categories Typical Age Short Form Used
Pre-school Playgroup age varies  
Nursery 3 — 4 N1, N2
Kindergarten 5 — 6 K1, K2
Primary   7 — 12 P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, P6
Secondary Lower Secondary 13 — 14 Sec 1, Sec 2
Upper Secondary 15 — 17 Sec 3, Sec 4, Sec 5
Post-Secondary / Pre-University   age varies JC, poly, ITE (depending on which institution you are in)
University   age varies

* Note: I do not have children (as of now). The above table is made based on my personal understanding. If there is any deviation from the current system, please feel free to update me. Thanks.

My Two Cents to Parents

From my experience of tutoring, I have met different types of parents and students. I have always wanted to share my views on tuition. If you are a parent, please feel free to share your views too.

Below are a few reasons when parents start looking for tutor(s) for their child(ren):

  1. When a child with good results suddenly regresses in his / her study
  2. When a child starts a new school year, for example, getting into Primary 1 or Sec 1
  3. The parents want the child to improve further, even his / her results are good
  4. The child has not-so-good results

I would like to highlight reason (1) When a child with good results suddenly regresses in his / her study. As a parent, before you start panicking and looking for tutors, please find out the reason(s) why the child regresses in his / her study. Most of the time, the child just wants to get your attention, maybe due to the addition of younger sibling. Thus, having tuition may not helps if the mystery is not solved.

For reason (2) and (3), I can understand that the parents want the best for the child. But, please give your child and yourself some time. If the child is doing good in school and he / she already has a lot of homework, there is no need to get extra tuition. The child needs time to rest and play. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. For the child who just starts a new school year, let him / her cope first. If after a few months or after the first exam, and you find that the child cannot cope, then you start looking for a tutor, it is still not too late.

For reason (4), it is obvious that the child needs help. Similarly, the parents need to do some homework before engaging a tutor. Some aspects to consider when you are finding the suitable tutor:

  • Is it one subject or more subjects?
  • Is your child more comfortable with group tuition or one-to-one tuition?
  • For group tuition: Is travelling needed? How much time will be spent on travelling?
  • What is the teaching style of the tutor?
  • How long should the tuition be? For lower primary, please restrict to one hour at most for one subject. It is because young children have shorter attention span.

Finding a tutor is like finding a suitor — Your child does not need a trophy tutor, your child needs a suitable tutor. Instead of asking “How do you charge?” or “What is your highest qualification?”, you can ask “What is your teaching experience?”, “What is your teaching style?” and provide some information about your child to the tutor. It is a two-way communication, you want to understand the tutor, the tutor also needs to understand what your child needs.

Final and the most important aspect to consider, does your child want to go for tuition? I have met with parents who always change the tutor after one or two sessions, just because the child does not “like” the tutor. I believe sometimes it is because the tutor and the child do not click. But if this is repeating for a few tutors, be warned, stop finding tutors immediately. If your child does not want to go for tuition, stop wasting time, effort and money.

For all the tutors out there, I know this post is a controversy. This post is not meant to discourage parents from finding tutor for children, this post is asking the parents to stop and think before finding a suitable tutor. I believe it is a win-win situation for parents and tutors because the tutor and the child can develop a bond that lasts for a long time and the parents also save the worries and troubles to keep finding the right tutor.