How to Choose the Right Primary School for Your Child

Primary schools have a significant impact on a child’s development, and families that relocate to Singapore are usually determined to find the best possible match for their child’s education. Through a diverse network of cultures and ideas, international schools or private primary schools are strongly considered by expat families that may or may not be in Singapore for very long. The advantage of international academia is that students will be prepared to seamlessly transition between schools because of a global standard in teaching material. Although the decision is never easy, several factors can influence your decision on where to send your child to school. Here four things to consider when selecting a primary school:

Your Child’s Needs

When selecting a primary school, it is important to consider your child’s particular needs. Does your child require a more structured environment? Do they need to be challenged with their schoolwork? Do they have any special learning needs or require individual attention in certain subjects? By making a list of certain specific needs that your child may have, you can ask the administrators and educators at each school you visit about their philosophy and approach to learning. You want to find a school that has the right team and environment to help your child learn.

Academic Performance

For many parents, the academic performance of an institution is an important factor to consider when selecting a school. You want your child to receive the best education possible, and you want the instructors to challenge your child to be their very best. A strong primary school education can prepare students for the challenges they will face in the future. Review the school’s test scores compared to other schools, and ask how students perform when they move on to the next level of schooling.

Facilities and Services 

Naturally, you want to send your child to a school with the best facilities and highest-level of services available. When touring the school for the first time, be sure to ask about the library, if there is counselling and tutoring available to students, and what other services are offered.

Tuition Costs

Naturally, cost is a consideration that most parents will have to take into account when selecting a primary school in Singapore. While it is important to ask about the tuition at the school, it is wise to also ask about any other expenses that may not be readily apparent. These other costs may include uniforms, books, transportation, lab fees, and fees for school activities that parents may not be aware of upon the initial tour.

Parents who are looking for a high-quality primary school in Singapore may find the process to be extremely involved, but when it comes to your child’s education, it is vital to take your time and make the right choice. By asking the right questions about the school’s academics, the facilities, and uncovering any hidden costs, you can gather the right information you need to make an informed decision. Primary schools in Singapore offer students the opportunity to learn alongside students from many diverse countries and cultures. You may find the right school for your student by carefully considering their needs in comparison with the particular philosophy and approach that each school takes toward the education of its students.

Freddie, Fannie, AIG and Bonuses, What About It Barney

This is not a post in support of bonuses, just a call for parity.

When AIG paid retention bonuses to their employees of $165 million dollars all hell broke loose.  When it was announced that AIG had paid the bonuses (approved by the government) politicians led by Barney Frank were furious and led the protests. President Obama chimed in with his famous “pitchfork mobs” analysis. Unions organized protests in front of the houses of AIG executives.

Now we read in the WSJ that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are going to pay $210 million dollars in retention bonuses. I wonder who will lead the protests in front of the houses of Barney Frank and his fellow representatives who just 18 short months ago extolled the virtue and health of these two organizations while they were in essence bankrupt.

As an aside has anyone asked Franklin Raines (Obama Advisor) to return his $50 million dollar bonus like they asked the AIG executives?  Of course not, these are the “do as I say not as I do Dems” in charge.

What Positions of Your Minister Do You Share?

I do not attend, the church of my choice, on a regular basis. My attendance dwindled when the minister, in my opinion, crossed the line from minister to politicians. I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state and thus when politics enters the sanctuary I am not inclined to be there.

When Senator McCain was endorsed by Rev. John Hagee a  televangelist the Democratic National Committee demanded that McCain renounce Hagee’s support because of past remarks made by the minister that was controversial. Does Senator McCain’s believe and agree with Rev. Hagee’s anti-Catholic and anti Muslin remarks?

Senator Obama, do you agree with your longtime spiritual advisor Rev. Jeremiah Wright when he says that African-Americans should not say “God Bless America,” but rather “God damn America.” Do you agree with Rev. Wright when he claims that Zionism contains “white racism”?

Ok Lefties, Let The Call For Impeachment Begin?

Remember during the Bush years how you lefties called for the impeachment of the President for his illegal wiretapping of citizens.

Well, President Obama (rightly so) is invoking government secrecy in defending the Bush administration’s wiretapping program in a case against AT&T

A lawyer for the customers, Kevin Bankston stated that he was disappointed in the President since during the campaign he made a promise of transparency and unceasingly criticized President Bush for his secrecy. To become a lawyer Mr. Bankston you have to be smart enough to not believe everything you hear in a campaign and further understand there is a hell of a lot of difference between rhetoric and actually governing.

Ok lefties, let the call for impeachment begin.

Ethics Reform Pelosi Style

Ethics Reform Speaker Pelosi Style as reported by Congressman Eric Cantor Chief Deputy Republican Whip: 

Only the Democrat House Leadership could find an unethical way to pass an “ethics” bill.

House Democrats had crafted legislation, an ethics bill in name only, that will do nothing to clean-up Washington. In fact, many non-partisan experts believe that it will only further empower the special interests.

Tonight, on the House floor, House Democrats were headed towards defeat. They were opposed by a bipartisan coalition of Members, who wanted to work towards meaningful ethics reform, rather than accept the empty rhetoric offered by the House Democrat Leadership. At the end of the vote, the bipartisan coalition had prevailed; yet, Speaker Pelosi held the vote open and strong-armed less senior Representatives into voting her way. This action violated House rules that were enacted in January of last year.

One thing is clear – House Democrats have failed the American People. They can’t even pass an “ethics” bill without violating the rules.