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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Home-schooled teenager bags gold

Christopher Zhang Jie Tan (left) and Tan Bing Chieh with their gold medals at the ceremony yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Although he does not attend a regular school, it has not stopped 15-year-old Christopher Zhang Jie Tan from excelling academically.

The home-schooled teenager has made his parents proud by emerging one of the two triple gold medallists in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) 2008.

ICAS is an international education assessment programme conducted annually by Education Assessment Australia, University of New South Wales (UNSW).

It saw the participation of students from 13 countries including Malaysia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, India and the United States. They are tested in four subjects -- Computer Skills, Science, Mathematics and English. 

Zhang scored gold in the first three subjects. 
"This is my sixth year taking the ICAS and the first time I achieved gold in three subjects. I find the objective questions challenging as you have to think outside the box."

Zhang said he enjoyed home-schooling as he had the flexibility to study at his own pace. He would usually study in the morning and help out at his father's tuition centre in the afternoon where he also gets to make friends. 

4 comments:

Nicholian Justine said...

home school... wow.. punya la lonely like dat.. hehehe

Leeyen(parasite-wife) said...

I have very faint idea about homeschool. the question is where to get the syllabus?

Joan D'Arcy said...

Justine,
Hahaha.. yeah, many think that HS is very anti-social. Well, it depends on how you guide/expose your kids as they grow up. Lots of hardwork, but it is worth it, becoz able to teach your own kids is a right and not a privildge. The kids' classroom is the whole wide world, not just in 'traditional' school.

Leeyen,
Nowadays, you just google "homeschool" and there are lots of info online. I agree with you that I too dont fully understand HS coz I went to school. So, I haf to unschool myslef to learn more about it. check www.learningbeyondschool.org and www.familyplace.com.my for local stories in HS. :) Haf fun learning with the kids.

Leeyen said...

Hi Celine, Thanks for your information and your message on my chat box. I will check them out. Thanks alot! Muakkkk!

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