Nothing Better Than Private School?

Sunday, August 15, 2010 Jo Hanniffy 0 Comments

At 7 o'clock a.m I dropped off  my 10-year-old son into his school. This day would be his first day at his new school. The school has known as one of  good private Islamic schools in Jakarta. A greeting welcome written in English hang on the enter gate school: "A good education for a good future". A very convincing ads for any parents who intend to 'determine' their child's future. In fact, philosophy of  "Don't judge a book by its cover"  is absolutely true: we never know what the story about of its book till we finish it.

Alright, lets talk what cross on my mind about a private school. To avoid misunderstanding from readers I'd like to make myself clear that: My writing unintend to offend any institution or anybody, this small note only a share story of my own experience; if you dislike it, then please leave this peacefully.

Back to my son's new school. His previous school was at an ordinary school which usually called in bahasa as 'Sekolah Dasar Negeri' or 'SDN' to its epitome. Although I know that he's smart enough at his old school (he's at grade 5 now);  however, I was worried about his test to enter the new school. Firstly, the school has won an olympic math in Indonesia; thus I regard this as a great point for the school, meanwhile my son has won nothing from his previous school. Well, he always got good ranking at his old school. But, I thought its nothing compared how huge the achievements school has got ( And I feel sorry  for being underestimate to my little boy!)

The test separated into four subjects: maths, Bahasa Indonesia, Science,  and Aqidah. My little boy finished all the test no less than 2 hours. We got the results just an half hour after the test; and he got all the marks above rate, between 80-100 % for all the subjects: the school a bit surprised about the results.

During the first week he complains about the method of the teacher teach in class, such as there is no writing activity for every subject; he said its very different with his old school. Yet, according to my little boy the students in the class are brave to disobey the teacher, such as disobey to write an essay.

As well as my son, I wonder if a very expensive school like that is indiscipline: Is the cost affecting the way how a teacher teaching in a class? (this question isn't cross from my son's thought).

It's been nearly 1 month and half my little son attempt to adapt his new school. The environment, the friends, the teachers ---- I indeed unsure about everything; unsure if my son will be good at manner (as most his school mates misbehaviour), and perhaps could affect his intellectual become a marron boy? (I've been paranoid now!)

Thus, what lesson we got from this? Don't be neurotic putting your child at a private school because its a community of wealthy people (I know you don't this!). Secondly, double check-and recheck thousand times to ensure your child really get good attention from the school: think about how much money you paid off for the school (I avoid to think about it!)

Lastly, be friendly of your child's future instead of  being determiner.

JKT, 15.40-150810

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