Opinion split on what 5-year-olds should know (10-02-2009) Kids play games in Ha Noi's Thong Nhat Park. The Ministry of Education and Training has drawn out a draft of development criteria for five-year old children. — VNS Photo Doan Tung HA NOI — The 125 criteria for five-year-olds released recently by the Ministry of Education and Training has drawn both opposition and support from parents, teachers and child experts. The criteria are to be the base for teaching at pre-school level and as a standard for child education and care, plus they could be used to help parents prepare their children for school. The draft proposal for the standards, issued last week, consists of 29 criteria with 125 figures. These are divided into four categories, including physical; emotional and social relations; language and communication skills; awareness development and readiness for studying. Those who oppose the criteria said many were unrealistic and stressful for both children and … [Read more...] about Opinion split on what 5-year-olds should know
What 10 year olds like
During a difficult few weeks for Mark Clattenburg earlier this season, Sir Alex Ferguson's support, and indeed his implied criticism of the referee's accusers at Chelsea, was helpful. For all the noise that surrounds English football, when Ferguson speaks people tend to listen. This is precisely why, however, the Manchester United manager's behaviour during his team's tense 4-3 victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day was so unhelpful when the gap between those who play the game and those who try to keep order seems to be widening. … [Read more...] about If Ferguson keeps getting away with abusing our referees even 10-year-olds will start to copy him
VietNamNet Bridge - The fact that a nine-year-old Vietnamese boy went to the South Pole with his father while some others at his age never go too far from their homes, has raised a debate among parents. … [Read more...] about Should nine-year-olds go exploring?
At the age of ten, Nguyen Binh is the author of a fiction novel entitled "Cuoc chien voi hanh tinh Fantom" (The fight against Fantom planet), published by Tre and Hong Bang publishing houses on November 17, which tells a story about the fight of people on Earth against aliens. Born in December 2001, Binh will turn 10 next month. At 18 months old, he learned to read and write and became fluent in reading and writing Vietnamese at the age of 3. Two years later, he could use the computer and access the Internet. At 6, he began to contribute to articles on the online, open encyclopedia Wikipedia. The boy also knows a little French and Chinese and likes classical music. The boy's dad said Binh often asked him to explain the meaning of words he did not understand. After a while, the father gave him a Vietnamese dictionary to look up the words' meaning on his own. Pham Sy Sau, editor of Binh's novel said he was surprised to find only 10 mistakes in the 200-page book. Below is a short … [Read more...] about Chatting with 10-year-old novelist