My boy who speaks rather good English with a slight British accent just 18 months ago is now peppering his speech with Singlish phrases and has even managed to string together some 'broken' English sentences.
He seems rather amused by his ability to speak some Singlish though I am fairly certain he isn't fully aware of how much his spoken English is deteriorating.
This really irritates E who corrects M at every opportunity.
While this irks the dad, it doesn't quite bother me. I think it is inevitable that M will succumb to peer pressure and end up speaking some Singlish as part of his attempt to fit in. Kids this age don't want to be different from others. And I know for a fact that M wants to fit in.
As long as he realizes the difference between Singlish and proper English and is able to 'switch' from one to the other with ease, it is fine.
What truly bothers me is the lack of opportunities in the school curriculum to teach and hone questioning skills and train the students to be inquisitive.
From what I've heard and understood from M, lessons are conducted in such a manner that there isn't time nor opportunity to ask questions. Teachers just teach content and children are supposed to listen in class and get the work done. According to M, the content taught is also so straightforward that there isn't anything to ask.
Why? Isn't fostering a culture of inquisitiveness an essential element of education? I get it that the teachers have a lot to complete during the lessons and it is hard managing a class of 30, but it doesn't make me feel any better.
Sure, I have expected this years ago when I was considering between local and international schools, but I also hoped that things will improve by the time M is in Primary school. Looks like there is still a lot to hope for.
This just means that we must ensure our boys continue to be stimulated and challenged at home, especially in honing their thinking and questioning skills.
After all, the more important goal should always be this - to teach a child how to question, so he enquires for a lifetime.