May 12, 2009

Exams

Right now I'm knee deep in studying. I thought I was done with school. It's still completely ridiculous to me how intense school exams are here. We are talking grade school here people! 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. The month is full of exams scattered and they don't even go to school anymore except on exam days. So school is pretty much out but we can't relax yet. NO. There is studying to do. After all the exams, each grade has a day where they get their report cards and the kids are called up in order of grade rank up to top 5, and everyone wants their kid to be one of the firsts. It's all just too much. School at this age should be much simpler and less stressful. I'll be so glad when it's over.

16 comments:

  1. I am so glad i don't go to school there anymore, i totally agree about how ridculous it is. I know i child who is in first grade and lives in egypt and has a tutor

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  2. Eloquence, a witness! Thanks for commenting. It's really messed up. My neighbor's 1st grader goes to a private tutor too. It's so wrong. A lot of times the kid's teacher is the tutor and gives preferential treatment to kids that they tutor, (pays them) I say they should teach all that is necessary IN CLASS. I am sooo against the rampant private tutoring here, I hope we don't have to succumb to it unless it's really necessary.

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  3. Wow, all this at grade school?

    In America, generally speaking, education in grade school isn't stressed as much. If you pass, you pass. If you fail, you fail.

    But within Muslim families in America, their children education is top priority.

    I guess it has it's good side and bad side.

    Can be a bit too stressful for the children, eh?

    InshAllah, they will do great ;D

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  4. Maryam, Yea, I know. I grew up in America. My family wasn't super strict about school, just average.
    It is stressfull, I try to make it not be but it's the environment here, everyone is calling and fretting and worried about it. It's not a bad thing to want your kids to do well in school. It's just when the system in place is so rigorous and intense, you have no choice but to keep up. I hope that made sense. Thanks.

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  5. Oh, boy. I know how it can be in Egypt, it's the be all and end all. It really is too much pressure for children. May Allah make it easy for you all.

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  6. With 5 kids it took many years...but they have finally all reached the age where I dont have to crack the whip to get the books open...but my kids have always done well and made me proud.

    Have patience...summer break is just around the corner.

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  7. Mom of 210:07 PM

    Wooo-hooooo....:)Glad to know that I'm not the only one facing this STRESSFUL situation...I feel it's sorta horse race here.There is no ranking system at my kids' school but school reports,assessments and assignments are non stop.I feel my kids' are constantly under observation.No mistakes are allowed and every teacher now tends to search "JUST" for the flaws to prove to herself that she is good.Now I know why my thyroid gland tends to act madly at school times LOL.I don't remember detesting school that much when I was a student myself...but now I do hate it and I still got a long track to go...patience is urgently needed here..LOL...

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  8. I hope and pray your children perform well insha'allah.

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  9. UmmOmar, Thanks yea, it's a lot of pressure.

    Coolred, MashaAllah, Yea alhamdulillah about 2 weeks!

    Mom of 2, are you in Egypt as well? Allah, give me patience!

    Inspired, Thanks!

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  10. Mom of 211:49 PM

    Yeah I am Mona.But my kids are not following the National curriculum.It's the "International Baccalaureate""IB" system.It's pretty tough compared to other International systems applied in Egypt.But(IMHO)The problem "here" lies in the teachers not the curriculum.They are the ones creating the tension and this "horse race" atmosphere. So whether National or International we all definitely need patience "HERE"!!. ;)..Anyways good luck to your children :)..

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  11. Mom of 2, I agree the teachers are a big problem. My kid's french teacher leaves out so much that we have to look up and don't even get me started on the English. All their classes are in English except for Arabic and Deen of course but it's the tension that is the real problem. Growing up it was carefree until 11th grade and SAT's but even then it's not nearly as bad as here. People commit suicide over the last yr of high school here!

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  12. I grew up/went to school in the US and my children are growing up/going to school here in Egypt. They Egyptian way can be annoying sometimes, but when I compare the two ways, I see that the Egyptian way is much better at molding children into being the best they can be. In the US, it was (and probably still is) just about being average. Or perhaps that was in my family only? Who knows. As for my home, we encourage our children to work hard and do their best. They have always been amongst the firsts (awa'el) every test period - say mashaa Allaah, but it really doesn't matter to us, as long as they are performing to the best of their abilities. When they earn top grades, this lets them know that they CAN do it. When they don't earn first place, this lets them know that yes, they can do it, but they are also not perfect.

    Basically, I think a well-balanced system of constant encouragement and performance evaluation is something positive for a child's success later in life.

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  13. Asiya, thanks for your input. I just wish they had time for other things each day. It's just frustrating when I grew up playing outside after school and there was more to life than school.

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  14. I blame it more on the long school day and 45 minute bus ride than the amount of homework. My kids leave home at 7 and get back at 4. They actually only get on average about 1-1.5 hours of homework per day. By the time they're done it's usually close to sunset, and even on longer days, we don't let them go out alone. I do feel guilty a lot of times, but we try to give our kids very fun-filled entertaining weekends and summers. But they know when school's in it's about business!

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  15. Yea my kids' bus comes early but they come home at 3 10 so it's not too late. They don't go out alone, well Dawood sometimes plays soccer outside if there's time but its just the idea I have of childhood should be more fun than work but it's not so here, at least during the school year. Thanks again.

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