A recent ad in the press caught my eye.
It said “Is your child…
able to decode a word by sounding it out?
able to identify words quickly and successfully?
able to write a simple story?
able to comprehend simple passages?”
The ad then went to say that “P1 Preparatory Class” is a 3-month intensive program for children aged 6 years, aimed to prepare them before the challenges of primary one.
In this program, according to the ad, your child will master basic grammar, learn how to write a simple story, acquire a wide range of vocabulary, use the techniques of reading effectively and comprehend short passages.
What on earth are these people try to do? Hothouse our kids to produce a monster race? Capitalizing on the fears of parents who are afraid that their kids will be losers in life?
Come on, let’s give our kids their childhood!