Last week, BIBS G4 student Tony Yang’s rap music was reported in many education medias’ front page. This sunny and handsome young man’s song touched a lot of people.
Like Mr. Cai Yuan-Pei former principal of Peking University once said: ‘Good personality cultivation, rather than test scores, makes a good future. Knowledge must be acquired not only from books but also from the society.’ Today we have interviewed Mrs. Zhao Hongli, mom of BIBS student. Let’s hear her opinion on the COVID-19.
Q：Tony’s music moved many people. How have you been guiding Tony’s attention to the virus outbreak and what did you do to inspire and encourage Tony when he had the idea to write his own song?
I once read: ‘Every child in front of you may become a hero someday fighting for our common destiny’. Being the future of our country and my family, Tony should know what’s going on. We didn’t direct Tony’s attention to this matter on purpose, and he simply picked up the information when we talked about it, and naturally became part of the conversation. Besides telling him how to protect himself, we also discussed with him how the outbreak happened, and how would he react if he was in charge of city management. We also exchanged our ideas on mankind’s relationship with the planet earth. Our intension was to help him inquire the nature behind. Talking about the song he wrote, he has been into electronic and rap music for some time, which did not agree with my own taste for music at first. But Tony kept telling me how he wanted to make music videos and which types of music work better for the shows. Till he presented his first rap song to me, I realized that I must protect and encourage this interest of him. It did not matter if I liked it or not. Art is diversified and I must not put a limit on my son’s imagination.
Except for a few suggestions, I provided Tony with nothing but unconditioned respect and support when he worked on the music, beats, dancing moves and dresses. This is perhaps the most immature product as a director, but I’d rather save his innocence in this unperfect work.
Q：You have directed two education related movies. Can you tell us what education should be like in your mind?
If there is perfect education, it must only be one that fits the child. But if we must define, I would imagine it’s about educating a real human being, such as survivability, life, love, responsibility and achievements etc.
Many people have been staying at him due to the virus. If parents are not around, can our children survive on their own? Even without the virus, shouldn’t we start teaching our next generations about respecting life? Are their hearts filled with love and warmth? Will they be able to take up the responsibility in front of a crisis and are they empowered with justice and love in their blood?
I believe a healthy and complete personality must be cultivated before teaching knowledge, skills, emotion and financial quotients, and I think we still have a long way to go.
Q：What’s your opinion on the international education services in China? And why you chose BIBS for your son?
International education is an important part of the diversified education system in China. Education should be diversified, because every child is unique, and every soul deserves respect. A unified education and assessment system cannot be perfect for everyone, and it’s important the know what’s best for who.
I optioned international education for Tony because it’s open, tolerant and fair concept. I want my son to spend his childhood in a relatively free, fair and easy environment. Life is a marathon and it’s not that crucial who gets a head start.
A good friend of my Mr. Zhang Juhe, who is also an expert in diversified educator, recommended BIBS to me. I liked the education concept and curriculum which adopts Chinese and mathematics from the national education program. Being Chinese, we shouldn’t ignore our tradition.
Q：When did Tony join BIBS? Have you been satisfied with us so far?
Tony started from pre-school, and I’m happy with this decision so far. There is a respectful, fair and open environment, and students are taught with self-consciousness and positive attitude. The school has been open, transparent and reactive to my questions and requests too. Since the virus outbreak, the Shunyi campus assigned two teachers of each class to answer questions from parents in the WeChat group. Quick and proactive communication with the school is much more efficient than parents talking to each other in private. This is a true practice of good parent-school relationship.
Q：Anything you want to say to your Tony?
Sometimes, parents should remember to keep their expectations to themselves, as most children have their own life. Let’s wish our children to stay away from anxiety and sorrow, develop at their own pace, make small improvement, and find their own joy and happiness every day.
I’d like to tell my Tony that I won’t give him too pressure no matter how much I want him to succeed. If I had not been a perfect mom 10 years ago, I will try to improve myself and catch up with you. Whenever you need, mommy is always here for you.