Instead, MOE suggested four ways to let children “fly on their own”.
These include letting children do their own homework without feeding them answers, letting them develop their own achievable goals like those for grades, allowing them to stand up for themselves if they make mistakes such as forgetting their homework, and finally, letting them know that it is OK to fail.
Several Facebook users shared the post, saying it was helpful information. One user, Mr Zaimie, said in his shared post that he loves the message being put across.
“Parents, you might be helicopter parents, you know. Sometimes your child needs to learn the hard way to be aware of their mistakes.”
Others, however, were more sceptical.
Jeremiah Lee Mun Choon commented that letting kids know it is all right to fail should be done only in the right context.
“It’s OK to fail if the impact is small and not OK to fail when the damage is huge,” he wrote.
Regan Waits commented that the information was “very positive and helpful” for parents, but only when it is also accepted in society.
“Society’s and the education system’s view of education and failure has to change before anyone or anything else can,” she wrote.
The Straits Times previously reported that MOE is making a shift away from academic achievements towards broadening opportunities for students to discover their interests and talents, and developing life skills and a love for learning.
One major move is the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) revamp, which will do away with the aggregate score in 2021 and no longer grade children relative to one another.
In April last year, Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng said in his speech to Parliament during the debate on his ministry’s budget: “We want to cultivate a generation of young people who grow up with a sense of curiosity and a love for learning… asking both the ‘whys’ and the ‘why nots’.”
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.
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