Mum and Dad are 'best teachers': Tan Chuan-Jin
Teaching values - it's about how we live on a day-to-day basis, says Tan Chuan-Jin
A parent can be a child's most important teacher and the home, the best school, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.
"We can talk about values all we want but it is about how we live on a day-to-day basis," he said. "As parents we are the foremost educators and have a big part to play."
Mr Tan, who was speaking at the Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) Excellence Awards yesterday, added that children learn by watching how their parents behave and interact at home every day.
"Oftentimes we talk about the system at large (and) this is not to say the system doesn't have responsibilities, but what is our role in the overall scheme of things?" he said. "As parents, we know the easiest way to keep a child quiet is to give him an iPad or an Xbox... But we will shape the way they grow up."