I know it’s still early but I can’t help obsessing about grade schools . My latest discovery is Xiangyang primary school. All I know about it so far is that it has a website and that it enjoys a reputation as a ‘ happy school’ (the website lists ‘positive mood’ and ‘light burden’ as ‘school aims’). One mom told me that she didn’t want to send her son there because she had heard that key middle schools were reluctant to accept kids from Xiangyang school because they were ‘too happy’. To me this sounds promising.
Archive for March, 2010
This article on homeschooling complains about the drilling, testing and busy-work that goes on in American kindergartens. What interested me was this quote:
While middle-school, high-school and university education in Asia is famously competitive and demanding, most Chinese and Japanese schools (according to the Alliance for Childhood report) remain play-based until about second grade.
This matches my own experience. My kid’s kindergarten (which goes from ages 2-6) seems very lax. There are no signs of tests, drills or homework. I’m told that this all changes next year when Max starts ‘da ban’ and the pre-school starts preparing the kids for grade 1. We’ll see.
more blurry pics (taken with my cell phone) of Zoe’s school day performance after the jump: