I suppose when my child brings home a 52 on a test, I should feel ashamed. I should push him to study more. I should devote more time to his education. I do do all those things, but mostly I feel proud.
You see, my twins are in a Chinese public school after living the first 5 years of their lives in the
not speaking much Chinese
besides farting words and watermelon. After a year of immersion in a nursery
school, then pre-school, they entered primary school. US
They’ve tolerated it very well, even thrived. Yet we constantly battle the high expectations that most parents have of their children – understandably in an overpopulated country. Fortunately for us, as bilingual kids with a
passport, they will have plenty of opportunities in life so we can be relaxed. US
Don't get me wrong, we do expect them to be constantly learning. So when they bring home a semester report card with a 100 in English, 92 in Math (amazing by itself considering the emphasis on math here and that problems require reading Chinese) and 50 in Chinese, I’m quite okay with that.