of her decision, Mai’s son always lagged behind his classmates, who all
could already read and write. Her son struggled with letters and
numbers and received low grades in writing. After three months in
school, her son still could not write and Huong had to take him to extra
from this experience, Huong taught her daughter to read and write while
in kindergarten. Later, in the first grade, the little girl was lazy
and did not want to do homework, saying she knew all these things
mother, Linh, revealed that she has no idea which solution is best and
does not know how to advise her brother, who has a son in the first
grade next fall.
brother decided to bring the son to classes before going to school.
“The class is crowded, which means that all parents believe that it is
necessary to teach kids in advance,” Linh’s brother remarked.
He added that some parents do not want their children to study with others in the narrow classrooms, so they hire tutors.
to Dang Mai Dong, an educator working with Hanoi University of
Education, teaching other subjects in advance is unnecessary, but it is
advisable to teach kids to write. Dong thinks that children need to have
a “transitional period” when they finish kindergarten and begin going
current regulations of the Hanoi Education and Training Department,
children who finish kindergarten only need to familiarize themselves
with the 24 letters and know numbers from 1 to 10. The department also
prohibits extra lessons for 5-year old kids.
Duc Minh, a senior official of the Hanoi Education and Training
Department, stressed that it is not necessary to teach first grade
lessons to children beforehand. Minh complained that many parents force
their kids to do more than they can do, teaching them lessons designed
for older students.
pupils just need to get familiarized with letters and numbers and this
does not mean learning to write and calculate,” Minh added.