Sunday, September 2, 2012

Involuntary Education

The choreography was probably from an app
There is a certain type of mother that is infamous here in Japan; the "Education Mom" (教育ママ). The Education Mom's are known for their extreme focus on the education of their kids, starting from a young age and drilling the kids to get into the right kindergarten so it then can get into the right elementary school, right high-school and then finally, the most prestigious university. These are the types of parents who put their kids in all kinds of cram schools and putting pressure on the kids to get the highest grades from a very early age. I guess it's not a uniquely Japanese thing as these kinda parents exist all over the globe, but I would think that there's more of them in Asia with the focus on education (as exemplified by the whole Tiger Mom deal).

Needless to mention, me and Mrs. Sunshine does not take this approach. As toddler Sunshine is just a little over two years now our efforts in educating her are very mild and more focused on getting her to say "thank you" and "please" with very little to show for it. However, the iPad is packed with apps for her to play with, some puzzles, annoying songs, simple games but also some educational apps on English, counting and learning the ABC. 

The other day we were standing in an elevator and had just pushed the button to the floor  we were going to when Toddler Sunshine happily started pointing at the numbers and reading them, later in the day during dinner she started spelling out the text written on her plate (a Hello Kitty plate if you must know) shocking both me and Mrs. Sunshine. 

This is fantastic news for us though as we can just let the iPad handle all her education and we don't have to bother sitting down with her and going through numbers and the alphabet! We can just outsource all of that to the iPad. The next thing I need to start looking for is if there are any apps out there that can teach her to become an ethical responsible adult as that seems to be a real hassle to teach. Although most urgently I am hoping to find an app that either teaches her to change her own diapers or one that trains her on the potty!

8 comments:

Ἀντισθένης said...

If my in utero kid turns out to be a girl, the app I want her to use is the one that teachers her that all boys, but her father, are rapists and deadbeats, and also teachers her the most effective martial arts techniques to drop them if they so much as look askance at her.

I better get another boy...

Chris said...

"any apps out there that can teach her to become an ethical responsible adult"

Democrats and Republicans in America...with Obama and Romney going first could use such an app.

hardkoretom said...

That's incredible. I dont even remember what grade I started learning how to read. But then again, I don't remember what I ate for lunch yesterday.

kathrynoh said...

I never bothered too much with toilet training. I figured he'd work it out for himself, and he did.

I kinda wish now thought that'd been one of those tiger mums instead of a 'do what you want so long as you're happy' mum - then I'd have more chance of borrowing large sums of cash off my son. Oh also, I should have never taught him that shit about saying no to people who ask for loans. That came back to bite me on the arse.

kamo said...

Ant - You're expecting a second kid? Congratulations! What with Mr S here and Corrine we'll dilute that bloodline yet. Hope all goes smoothly.

Mr S - Want to share those apps she likes so much? I reckon the kiddie angle is the best way to sell my wife on the ipad I'm inevitably going to end up buying...

Ἀντισθένης said...

Thank you, kamo. Wife gets pregnant as easily as a prom date.

Steve (Living in Japan) said...

Yeah I agree that you must not pressure the kids in studying to get high grades. Sometimes the more you do that to them it will result in negative outcome. Sometimes it's best for them to learn on their own, discovering things on their own, but yet, as a parent you still need to supervise what ever they are doing and guide them to learn and be a good person.

Mr. Salaryman said...

Ἀντισθένης - Haha, you gonna be one of "those" dads? Maybe another boy is better ;)

Chris - Do you really think Obama and Romney have the competency to use an iPad? Might be too complex for them...

HardkoreT - You're probably some form of idiot-savant or something perhaps?

Kathryno - Thanks for the heads up, I should teach her to always give us all her money at an early stage. Send her out to work and earn her way

Kamo - Oh, there's plenty out there, a bit too many to recommend without gathering my thoughts. Might mail you some good stuff later on

Steve - Or we can get an app that pressure them, must be one of those as well, relieves us from having to do it ;)

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