小六会考临近 社会力量呼吁减轻应试压力

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小六会考将在本月底正式拉开帷幕,你身边的小朋友和他们的父母是不是最近都“压力山大”呢?在许多家长眼中,这样一场全国性会考可能就直接决定了孩子未来的人生。但是,事实真的如此吗?

本地艺人陈邦鋆昨天(14日)通过自己的Instagram发布了一张照片,显示他站在影片拍摄现场举着印有数字“219”的一个牌子。

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I remember hiding in my room crying for days and having my first round of depression after I got my PSLE results. 219. These numbers confirms it, I am a useless mediocre human being that will never amount to anything. These 3 numbers etched that conclusion into my mind for years. Looking back, those numbers meant nothing, so why the hell are we so focused on it?! - I want my kids’ childhood to be free and happy. I want them to understand that success comes in many forms and it should not be determined by anyone but yourself. - If you like me, believe we need a huge change in our education mindset, take a picture of yourself with your PSLE score and share your story with these hashtags. #morethananumber #lifebeyondgrades @lifebeyondgrades - Can’t wait to hear your journeys. Spread the word my friends ❤️

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陈邦鋆在配文中写道:“我还记得在拿到我的小六会考成绩,219分之后,我躲在房间里哭了好几天,第一次感到无比沮丧,这三个数字证实我是一个没用的庸才,不会创造任何价值。”

“但是现在回头看看,这些数字不代表任何意义,所以为什么我们要那么在乎它们?”

陈邦鋆的这个分享,是为了响应本地一组家长,在本周推出的名为“Life Beyond Grades”的活动。他们试图通过这项活动,呼吁公众重新看待成功的定义,减轻孩子们的应试压力,并进行教育系统和社会发展方面的模式改变。

这项运动发起后,得到了本地社会各界的支持,来自不同行业背景的人士纷纷通过社交媒体,大方公布当年自己那些“并不理想”的小六会考成绩,也分享自己的人生经历,以真实故事响应“Life Beyond Grades”的号召。

艺人陈邦鋆在贴文中也谈到对自己一对子女的教育观念:“我希望我的孩子们能够度过自由开心的童年。我希望他们能明白,成功有很多种形式,它不应该由除了你自己之外的任何人来定义。”

陈邦鋆同时也呼吁人们改变教育观念,并响应“Life Beyond Grades”活动,分享自己的小六会考成绩。

曾取得百万票房成绩的本地电影导演陈子谦也加入行列,公开自己小六会考成绩为168分。

“当我在读小学时,我的老师曾告诉我,如果我学习不好,就不会有任何作为。她说追求艺术是没有未来的,除非我以后想要去刷组屋的墙壁。”

但是,陈子谦自己始终坚信,学习并不局限于课堂内,而是一个活到老学到老的过程。

“这并不意味学习不重要,你需要为自己所做的事情倾注全部心血,并相信未来会有成果。”

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Before I got my dream job of being in the entertainment industry, hosting, acting, and becoming a 987 DJ and working with my crazy partner in crime Sonia, I had to spend 8 years improving myself, working hard, learning lessons the hard way, building my character, learning how to deal with failure and rejection, learning how to deal with success (2006 - 2014) • Before those 8 years, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my dream on Singapore Idol. Dealing with criticism from the entire nation, nasty words said to me on forums, blogs, and Friendster...remember that? (2006) • Before Singapore Idol, I was in Chong Boon Secondary School. I ran for the school, hosted countless events for the school, dabbled in a bit of dancing, planned school camps, had a few of the the best years of my life there building myself as a person together with my inseparable group of friends and learning humility. (2001 - 2005) • Before all that...I got 197 for my PSLE. Heh (2000). • I’m not saying don’t study. I’m saying have the character to give whatever you do – whether studies or in life – your best. Character. • We have different paths in life. Discover it, and do not ever let your grades define you. If we judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree then it’s the thinking of the world that needs to change. Not you. :) • So. What’s your story beyond your PSLE grade? ;) • @lifebeyondgrades #LifeBeyondGrades #MoreThanANumber @soniachew @987fm #Singapore #987FM #HitMusic #WeAreRadio

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新传媒987FM广播员Joakim Gomez也公开分享自己的小六会考成绩是197分。

“在2000年,我拿到197分的小六会考成绩。我们的人生都经历不一样的旅途,去探索它,永远不要让分数来定义你自己。如果我们凭借一条鱼爬树的能力来评价它,那它一定会觉得这个世界需要改变。”

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This is my PSLE score. Sure, I might have done well but many hours of play were sacrificed for it. The score and the sec school I went to didn’t really matter. I had to move to America at the end of the Sec 1 year and that’s where my real education began. Going to school there taught me the confidence to speak up and be heard. We were taught to question everything. Even the occasional racism taught me useful life lessons. When I came back to Singapore at age 17, no way was I gonna sit through A-levels. I couldn’t get into university here as my American high school diploma was not recognized, so I happily went to Poly and did Mass Comm. And now, I could not be more grateful for the education I received. I see now that everything I do for a living, from presenting in videos and on TV/Radio to emceeing events, has benefited from that very culture of speaking up. There is life beyond grades! . . @lifebeyondgrades is an initiative started by a group of parents concerned with the rising rates of depression in our children. It’s based on the premise that the results we got at age 12 do not define us or determine our future. Together, we aim to raise children who live their life to the fullest, happy and successful, understanding that there is life beyond grades. . . If you believe in #LifeBeyondGrades, share a photo of yourself with your PSLE score and tell your story. More parents and children need to hear it. Maybe it might remind children going through PSLE that no matter what their score will be, their life ahead is full of potential and possibilities! . . . @lifebeyondgrades #lifebeyondgrades #morethananumber

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本地电台DJ杨意琳(Jamie Yeo)的小六会考成绩则较为出色,考出了263分的好成绩。不过,之后前往美国求学的经历,则让她在17岁再度回国后,失去了竞争大学学位的机会,但她却对此丝毫不感到遗憾。

“在美国接受教育让我有信心表达出自己的观点,我们被教导要敢于质疑任何东西。甚至连偶尔发生的种族歧视,都教给我受用一生的能力。现在,我非常感激自己所受到的教育。”

“Life Beyond Grades”在官方网上上贴文表示,家长们发起这项运动的原因,是因为关注到本地青少年日渐增长的压力、抑郁情绪以及自杀率。他们希望通过这项运动,让人们关注到坚韧、激情、创新等品格的价值。

- CH8/YW