Thu Vân One year go, to this day, I was shivering in fury, agony and disbelief as I wrote an editorial about three kindergarten caregivers slapping the faces of 3-5 years old toddlers, even throwing them up in the air in anger. Today, those feelings are back in full force, and I still can’t control the shivering and the emotions. This time, it is a sixth grader in Quảng Bình Province at the receiving end of violence. In some ways, this is even worse. It was not an adult beating up a child, this time, horrific as that is. This time, an adult got the kids to be violent. Yes, this bears emphasising. An adult, a teacher no less, got her students, sixth graders, to engage in violence on their friend and classmate. The teacher forced the sixth graders to slap one of their classmates 10 times each, and the kid was slapped a total of 231 times for allegedly using foul language in class. Why 231? Because the crime had been “upgraded” to a higher … [Read more...] about We have been slapped. How do we turn the other cheek?
Why creativity is important to child development
BVIS student ambassadors participated in Global Goals Summit and the High-level Political Forum at UNICEF in July BVIS has grown quickly and impressively over the past five years. To what do you attribute this success and growth? Mark Sayer, principal of BVIS Hanoi The value of any school is not to be found exclusively in academic or examination results but rather in the nurturing of the whole child. Of course, we are proud of our academic achievements. It is especially pleasing to hear of the recognition of the outstanding success of students in such subject areas as computer science, psychology, maths and music. It confirms the strength of our approaches to teaching and learning, and shows how well qualified and ready for the world’s leading universities our students are. But what about our younger students? How are we preparing them for a longer term view of intellectual inquiry and curiosity? These young people are just as important at this early stage and we take … [Read more...] about BVIS nurturing children with balanced approach
From idea of silkworm making ... weavers Phung Xa is a traditional craft village on the banks of the Day River. On the land of Ha Tay (old), along with Van Phuc silk village, Phung Xa is known for traditional weaving. The poetic land was oft mentioned poems and songs, as song of the composer Doan Bong: "Your Day River / Moon River or Silk River ...". Born into a family of four generations of weavers in Phung Xa, when she was a child, Thuan used to pick mulberries, raise silkworms, and weave. She became familiar with the hardship of fabric weaving. Thuan shared that that raising silkworms is more difficult than caring for a child. “If you do not love the job, or have the patience, you cannot do this”, she said. The 80s of the last century were the most difficult period of Phung Xa in particular and traditional textile villages in general as the product couldn’t be sold and many houses cut down their mulberry orchards to grow other crops, while looms gathered dust. … [Read more...] about Unique lotus silk