Let children learn at their own pace

Let children learn at their own pace

Reading deputy editor Melvin Singh's article, "Learning for life, not grades" (The New Paper, Oct 3), brought back memories of the struggle my boys had with Mandarin.

Both my sons, Daryl and Danyl, struggled with Mandarin from Primary 1.

They are in their 20s now, pursuing their careers and studies, seeing the world and enjoying life.

But when Danyl was 10, he experienced a blackout and had to be hospitalised.

I learnt from his classmate that he had been slapped by a relief teacher when he was asked to read Chinese and could not.

I wrote to the school and was informed that the teacher could not remember doing it.

From that point, I told Danyl to focus on the other subjects and prove that he can succeed in life without having to be proficient in Mandarin.

I wrote a number of letters to newspaper forum pages. I argued that children should be allowed to learn a second language at their own pace and that, as a parent, I should be allowed to make the choice.

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