The initial plan was to follow me to my school, but my wife wanted him to study somewhere nearer, and also together with my niece, so that they can keep each other company.
Today, when picking up my wife from her workplace, I give a lift to her colleague too. This was the fifth or sixth time I heard this: why did I transfer out of my previous school and not wait till my son is ready for P1 so that he could get into a "renowned" school.
During CNY, I was asked to try appealing to get my son to my previous school.
The renowned school effect suffered from investment herd mentality too.
I am really glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to a neighborhood school and saw the contrast.
Both schools have their strength. However, due to the profile of pupils, one would never catch up with another in terms of results, at least not in the near time.
So, if a particular school has a very high percentage of pupils going to express, it means your son has a higher chance of going to express too? Right? WRONG.
Too many factors come into play, the neighborhood school have equally good teachers, but their pupils do not have the cultural assets of tuition and exposure. It matters. Parents involvement matter A LOT.
Pupils learn best when parents and teachers work hand in hand. What happen if pupils are left on their own, without any support beyond sending their children to school?
That is where the advantage of a neighborhood school come in terms of pedagogy. If the teaching doesn't work, it hell shows.
I pride myself as a results producer, when I come over here, I do not yet know if my methods will produce the same results since I have not go through the rite of passage yet. What I did in my previous school which won praises and gratitude from parents, many of my current colleagues are already doing it, and some are even going beyond what I used to do.
If I shift the current teachers back to my previous school, does it mean the results will fly even higher?
The answer is again unclear. One, the pupils might be already at their potential, another is the culture which is vastly different might have made teachers in one particular school not do what they could in another.
In the end, is it the parents, or the teachers, or the child that is most important?
After I answer this question, I ask myself is buying what gurus buy at same or lower prices the best or safest approach in investing?
Know your child, know yourself. Know your temperament, know your investment. It does not matter if you follow guru or not, it might or might not lead you to fortunes.