May 13, 2005

Exam time

Yeah, the amount of pressure or the "big deal factor", if you will, of final exams is insane. Seriously, Dawood has final exams in a couple of weeks and they are doing final review from now. This is 1st grade folks. The exams are over a course of 4 days. We get an exam schedule. They note the date, subject, and time and allotted exam time for each test. Hour and hour and a half Exams for 7 year olds! It's not just me right? This is kind of intense no?

Part of me wants to just take it easy and let the kid be a kid. But I can't completely do that. There is just this atmosphere of exams stress that I used to associate Yeah, just relax and don't spend hours studying with him and testing him. That just won't do. The fact is that to make it at least average here you have to submit to this. You have to expect him to come in the top ten of his class (Yes, they rank them)

Thankfully Zayneb had her last day of school yesterday, after just 3 days of exams! KG1!! We have to go pick up her report card in a week, you know, 'cause her whole future depends on this, right?


  1. Anonymous10:40 PM

    Well I am an Early childhood Educator and this "Exam Anxiety" Phenomenon here in the Arab gulf is just ridiculous. I teach Kg3 and we too have "Assessments" but it is more layed back and we only assess 1 subject a day all week and its done like a game. But needless to say the parents still cant help make it a stressful emergency for the family. Even after many letters i sent home stressing the importance of taking it easy and just enjoying the successes of their child, they still are worried about rank. Frankly when parents ask me "What is my child's place in class?" I just point to their chair and cubby.

  2. Anonymous11:47 PM

    oh man...i know what you mean i mean the way they treat 3 and 4 year olds here is rediculous. i know for sure that in america kids don't have that much pressure on them in preschool. i mean they expect them to remember like all the colors and shapes and letter sounds and names i mean come on, how can you make such a little child do so much, that's why i don't think i will be working here again, how can i teach somthing that i just don't agree with. anyway that's just the way it is.
    ok salaams

  3. Anonymous11:03 AM

    That is hillarious Eman! Really!


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