More than just grades for this Tiger Mum

It is ridiculous to be unsatisfied with a grade of 98 out of 100. My daughters should pursue what they love doing, instead of focusing merely on academics


Back in mid-2007 when my family first moved to Singapore, I mentioned to friends that my husband Jim and I longed for our daughter Happy to attend Nanyang Primary School (NYPS).

A handful laughed, while others exclaimed: "What? We're trying to find ways out of this demanding system, while you're striving to get in. That's madness."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'More than just grades for this Tiger Mum'. Subscribe