Our beliefs about a child and how he learns guide us to help him be the best that he can be. The Singapore's Philosophy of Education:
- Every child has intrinsic worth; he is a person in his own right, with his thoughts and beliefs. It takes patience and perseverance to nurture the child as his beliefs and value system take shape. Like a sapling, he needs scaffolding to stay rooted while given the space to grow.
- Every child can learn and achieve. He has his own needs and abilities, and develops at his own pace. He needs guidance to build his strengths and achieve his goals.
- A child learns well when there is order and discipline. He also needs care and encouragement to explore and excel. A judicious balance of the two creates an environment conducive for learning and growth.
- A child’s learning should be developmentally-appropriate. There is a suitable age for what is taught, how it is taught and how much is taught. This will help a child develop confidence and motivation for learning.
Whose Child Is This?
'Whose child is this?' I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play.
'Mine', said the parent with a tender smile
'Mine to keep a little while.
To bathe his/her hands and comb his/her hair,
To tell him/her what he/she is to wear,
To prepare him/her that he/she may always be good,
And each day do the things he/she should'.
'Whose child is this?' I asked again,
As the door opened and someone came in.
'Mine', said the teacher with the same tender smile.
'Mine, to keep just for a little while.
To teach him/her how to be gentle and kind,
To train and direct his/her dear little mind,
To help him/her live by every rule,
And get the best he/she can from school'.
'Whose child is this?' I asked once more,
Just as the little one entered the door.
'Ours', said the parent and the teacher as they smiled.
And each took the hand of the little child.
'Ours to love and train together.
Ours this blessed task forever.'