Education for their Children and Parenting ..
April 8, 2013 4:59am CST
As per observation, I noticed that mothers in Southeast Asia are giving more priority on their children's education (almost true to all countries). However, today I met my colleague in a financial education meeting; Other friend: wow , 6M for the education? Me: Just in case my son would just study for 10 years or more...(laugh) my colleague: Sometimes , we may think they are going to school but actually they are not.. Me: That's why I put 6 Million, we didn't know how long they wanted to waste money in school (laugh) My colleague: uh oh! I think my son's decision not to go to school after high school is better than that...(kidding) Other friend: Good! quit than wasting it?! (laugh together) Behind my thoughts I was bothered.........Until when can we dictate our child to go to school? Should we just let them decide for themselves?
• Rome, Italy
8 Apr 13
hi. there is a law on compulsory education for children. this is not strictly implemented in most countries but the law exists. until our children reach the age of majority, we are legally responsible for them. although we have to trust them to live their lives and make decisions for themselves, it is our duty to impose the rules on them if we think they are going astray. getting an education is important and they must understand this.
9 Apr 13
Yes the law exists of course because education is of the basic needs of humanity. But then, due to some different reasons, like unemployment issues, some kids realized that education (getting a diploma in school) is the answer for a good and wealthy life. As a mother it is absolutely our role to encourage them to the best that we can, but still we can't force them to do so. What can you suggest if this is the case?
• Rome, Italy
9 Apr 13
my landlord's son wanted to quit school too. i told him to take him to shelters where the homeless and the beggars go to ask for food. he did something else. he took his son to africa for two weeks. it hit the mark. it is true that education is not the only key to success. there are several businessmen who don't hold degrees and they are successful in what they do. however, these are exceptional and rare cases. i am not saying that children should be forced to get a degree. while this is important, it is not obligatory. they should be taught the basics and if they don't want to pursue additional years of schooling, they have to learn skills that would assure them of better chances of finding a job in the future. we cannot force our children to do things they do not want. however, we can show them a glimpse of what MIGHT happen to them if they do not study. my landlord is a doctor who works for the UN. he took his son to africa to show him about the helplessness of the poor and the hunger there. his son has realised how important his studies are in order for him to have a better oppurtunity in the future.
9 Apr 13
The Asian mentality is that a good degree means everything, hence you see the emphasis on exams and tuition classes that prepare student for university entrance exams. But education does not mean a degree from a well-known university, it is more important that they are happy with whatever they choose to do.