Friday, 16 November 2007

The Price of Education

-"If you think education is expensive, you should try ignorance"
-DR. DOLF DE ROOS

You know... the ugly side of some Singaporeans... Who want to practically save on everything? Like having free stuff for everything including education for their children?

There are parents who want to save on that few bucks and rather choose a less qualified, experience coach. I have nothing against that, in fact.. I'm 1 such person shamefully to admit.

I started my saxophone lesson with a local teacher charging me @ $140 per month for 45mins at his place (No Aircon!).... After 6months, I can no longer take the heat in his place and I feel that I'm not learning much from him.....

Than I changed teacher... charging me @ $120 per month for 45mins at my place... Woah.. Cheaper right.. But WRONG! His way of teaching is bad... I was with him for just the 1st month. -End of story-

Now, I have a concert player teacher from Bulgarian..charging me @ $200 per month for 45mins... Its alot more expensive and I feel the pinch.. But hey! I learn alot of him...

Conclusion: You pay for what you get....

Letting you kids learn to swim for $50bucks a month with me if you think its way too expensive.. Than please... look for those that are charging you $30,$40 a month.. I even heard there are those charging @ $25 per month... And there are those charging @ $60 per month

My class is standard - max 10 students... And I believe the way I coach my students, NONE I dare to say confidently, will ever want to change coach...

And kids with me go for their test at a speed so fast that parents always say.. ."so fast go for test?"

Most importantly is children learning swimming from me enjoys that! But its always the parents who can't understand... I dunnoe why, perhaps, some really have financial difficulties but for some... They "Coach-hop"... Jumping from 1 coach to another, just to save on the school fees, time, location etc...

But does the child really benefit @ the end of the day? I honestly dun think so... Not in any single way...

My very 1st few batches of student... There is 1 ger called Celine.. She finished her Bronze test with me many many years ago... And the grandmum (who was the one who always bring her for swimming lesson) decided to stop her lesson with me cause she find it such a hassle to bring her to the pool every friday night...

Its been years since I last saw her.. Until I saw her just last week at the pool again...On further conversation, She has been swimming for a few years with a few coaches... And I must say, she must have @ least 10 different coaches till date... Ranging from the most reputable swimming schools, association in Singapore to private coaches...

Now, she's learning from another coach... I asked her..."why you change so many coaches?"
Celine: "I dunnoe. Grandma say change... Than I change lorx..."
Me: "So.. how many coaches you changed?"
Celine: "I dunnoe... 10?"
Me: "Than out of the 10, U like which coach the most"
Celine (Without thinking): "You!"

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