Web site for parents with children under 16 years old. Platform for parents to share their views, questions and concerns regarding parenting and education in Singapore.
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It doesn’t get more Kiasu than this
Kiasuparents.com is yet another manifestation of the kiasu-ness inherent in our Singaporean culture. It is a website for parents, particularly those with children in primary school, to prepare their children for the deadly Primary School Leaving Examination. Donned with tuition advertorials, tips on getting into the top schools and ways to mentally prepare children for examinations, kiasuparents.com has amassed a whooping membership of appromixately 100,000. I mean, who wants to be left behind?
I personally do not support the website because it perpetuates the omnipresent kiasu-ness we have and places more unnecessary stress on the children. The idea of a website with over 200 posts dedicated to prepare children for the PSLE is scary, what about other aspects of their childhood?
Moreover, the website is often filled with excessive information about schools for instance, who needs to know how many toilets each primary school has?
However, I’m sure there are people who find value in the posts on Kiasuparents.com. It could also be said this website is a testament to our intrinsically unique culture - kiasuness.
The Good and Bad
This website epitomises the competition between Singaporeans. Every parent wants the best. Every parent wants their kid to be first. Every parent wants to know everything about every school. The government's recent stand on academics is that it is not everything. However, sites like kiasu parents are still popular. It is simply because we all know that if you don't have good grades, you don't get much choice in life.
Then again, I feel kiasu parents is a good guide. It features quality articles that a parent would truly be interested in. The articles are useful and relevant. A quick check also showed that there is increasing focus on values apart from stellar grades, which I approve of greatly. Perhaps the kiasu-ness of Singaporean parents is shifting from that of grades to one more of ensuring all roundedness.
If you do a search for any topics related to child care and tuition centres in Singapore, most likely, one of the results will point to a forum topic in KiasuParents.com.
The web site is a good source of information when you are doing research for child related topics and the good thing is the information is based on the Singapore context. If you understand the Singapore context, you will know that the parents want the best for their children and some of them are willing and can afford to pay a high price to get the best for their children.
Just like everything on the internet, please take the information with a pinch of salt. The comments may be biased and some may be totally misleading so it is best to reference a few sources before making any decisions.
A dose of over-kiasuness
As its name suggests, kiasuparents.com is not your mere portal where normal conversations are carried out. It is a place where rankings are compared and parents exchange views on which assessment books to buy, which school to send their children to.
I remember my own experience with kiasuparents.com. It struck me extremely negatively in that parents use it just to communicate about academics for their children. While the original purpose of the forum may be just to encourage views on how best to nurture a child, from the name itself, the purpose has been distorted. My friend used to come to school with welts on his hands as a result of caning, and the reason was always 'Mummy says that the boy in XXX primary school can get into a better secondary school than me, as such I'm a useless fellow'.
The moderators of this portal need to work harder to encourage a proper exchange of information. While academic aspects of a child's life should rightly be discussed, excess of it can lead to potentially negative consequences, especially on the well-being of children