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By: syun (offline)  Monday, March 15 2010 @ 02:51 PM CDT (Read 1865 times)  
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My child's a slow learner, that's why I've been pondering over this... come PSLE, if he were to barely make the mark for the Express stream, should I still send him for it?

Or should I let him go to the Normal stream in a reputable sch, so that he can cope at a pace he's comfortable with? Your opinions are greatly appreciated

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By: teachthemwell (offline)  Thursday, March 25 2010 @ 10:29 AM CDT  
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diff pros & cons.
in express, ur child may face pressure of not being able to catch up and may still get sent back to normal in the end, which may affect his esteem. however, he may pick up pro-studying vibes from his peers. in normal, he'd get more time to grasp things and wouldn't suffer dips in confidence. but there could b a danger that his peers may b rowdier.

go with ur gut. gd luck

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By: syun (offline)  Sunday, March 28 2010 @ 02:30 PM CDT  
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Thanks teachthemwell.
would need to hear some more opinions..
Any other parents who had faced, or is also facing this dilemma?

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By: bensng (offline)  Thursday, April 01 2010 @ 12:20 PM CDT  
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Hi syun,

If you are really sure that 'slow' is the issue and not 'playful', you might want to consider opting for normal stream first, then work on brushing up his fundamentals during this open period and holidays, and then try to get him promoted to the express stream based on his sec 1 results. Best of both worlds, building his confidence and moving him back to compete in express stream. Thing is... a lot of more guidance, monitoring and encouragement is required, lots of kids get this inferiority complex situation being in normal stream (see link below)

See this link -- http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-resent ... 881?v=wall

2 cents comments. Hope it helps. Wink

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By: syun (offline)  Saturday, April 03 2010 @ 08:56 PM CDT  
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Thanks Ben
Wow, didn't know there's such a group in FB. Actually, after reading their posts, feel quite sad & indignant for the Normal kids... How could the teachers treat them that way, sigh.

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By: belle (offline)  Sunday, April 04 2010 @ 10:47 PM CDT  
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i think 1 more year of secondary sch doesn't really matter. express students are not immune to failing O'levels too. maybe letting him take that 1 more year to master his subjects may not be a bad idea in the end.

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By: nisalam (offline)  Monday, May 17 2010 @ 08:08 AM CDT  
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I know of several children who have done very well for themselves after 5 years in secondary school, and who then excelled in poly. Whatever you decide, be there for your child, and show him lots of love and support. So long as he gets that at home, God willing, he'll do fine in school too. Good luck!

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