Reading about Joseph Schooling again. He really spent a lot of time in public with his fans and everyone else I hope his family had sufficient time with him!

Anyway now the focus has shifted to how he got to where he was and how Singapore can do more to nurture aspiring Olympians.

I think the consensus is that his parents played a pivotal role. A few articles I've read talked about how his parents were "un-Singaporean", willing to risk everything for their son's dream in Swimming.

Others talk about how he would not have gotten there if his parents didn't have the financial resources and know-how. (So cynical but true…)

Then there's his coach who really hit the nail and said we need to believe in our own local talent. Not hire foreign coaches and expect results. He even said he thinks Gary Tan (who's the current assistant coach) should be the next coach. And that we should believe they're winners from the start.

This from a foreigner who has been coaching here for 20 months. How come we don't believe in ourselves? Is it because we've been brainwashed into thinking academics > sports?

Then my fb feed showed this post by Pamela Liu. She's a professor at SMU who has very smart kids shortchanged by our Sg system (they kicked one out of school, refused to let them up grades etc) and she homeschooled them (somewhat) and let them do online learning and they went on to complete Uni way ahead of their peers.

This is another one of those posts that talk about just doing your best and not blame the system.

I like the last like especially! So oft quoted hahaha.

However, I thought she was a little ungracious in the comments section, where this lady pointed out that she lacked resources to help her children the way Pamela did. I guess it's cos she talked about how Pamela's gifted system was very expensive and she couldn't afford it, and then P got into a snit and said that's the point we have to give what we have to make sure our kids are the best.

I think edwina's point was quite valid. Children are all special in their parents' eyes….

But that specialness might not translate into a concrete/achievable goal. Esp if you do not have the monetary resources to help them achieve it. What matters most is that they grow up to be morally upright and able to contribute to society positively.

Now that I state it out so clearly does this make me a discourager??? Like my daughter says she wants to be an author now and I encourage her to write, draw and make books. But I don't seek out classes and avenues esp for her, cos $$$.

And the younger one loves to dance, so I send her for CC ballet classes. Should I go and sign up for more upmarket classes to give her the best? But that would mean time + money, cos I have to send her there and wait for her and make sure the other 2 are occupied.

So I don't know. We do what we can within our means. Now i feel like I don't have a champion's mindset, and I worry if I'm shortchanging them. I think I must pray and trust God more.

Still drinking mushroom soup after 3 days cos only no 2 and I like it…

I think I should do tomato soup next then more will drink.

Wow the Schooling effect is so immediate! This is from Thursday's Straits Times.

Retrenched also willing to spend extra 100 a month for her son's dream. My pragmatic self is like 😱😱😱 💸💸💸but my idealistic side is like 🇸🇬👍

I hope the son makes it!

Another thing I'm really impressed by is his graciousness in acknowledging everyone who helped him.

Even his Filipino nanny gets thanked!!!

This is a sign of good upbringing. *nods head vigorously*

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