Friday January 20, 2012
Parents must play their part in honing language command in kids
DR Lim Chin Lamís article, The Rite Write (MOE, Jan 6), was indeed a refreshing read. I am extremely cautious as I write this lest I be equally guilty of the many lamentable shortcomings that the writer has observed in the ever deteriorating command of the language among fellow Malaysians.
Whatís most disappointing is the fact that the fast-paced world allows us little if any time at all to sharpen our saw, where the language is concerned. It may be just a lame excuse in my case but what dawned on me was the reality of the message behind this article and as a parent of school-going kids, it is an ongoing battle to ensure their command of the language is, at the very least, of a respectable level for their age.
Much has been said about the new approach in strengthening the command of the language among the school-going generation of today. I need not dwell any further on the ongoing debate as to whether this is or is not the best available approach, but suffice it to say, we need to do our part as parents and not just leave everything to any system per se to fix gaps where the development of our childrenís command of the language is concerned. Ė Senthil Woon