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What do you think are the threats to family cohesiveness in your country? Suggest solutions. The family is the basic unit of society. From the earliest civilisations, the family has always been the provider of food, lodging and a decent moral education. If this fundamental unit of society is weakened, society will be in danger of disintegration. This is the reason why the family unit has to be protected from the destructive weathering
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  What do you think are the threats to family cohesiveness in your country? Suggest solutions. The family is the basic unit of society. From the earliest civilisations, the family has always been the provider of food, lodging and a decent moral education. If this fundamental unit of society is weakened, society will be in danger of disintegration. This is the reason why the family unit has to be protected from the destructive weathering of time and negative external influence. Cohesiveness of the family unit has to be preserved at all costs. In Singapore, a newly?industrialising multi?racial society, the family unit has come under stress due to our society's fast pace of development and the nation's rapid industrialisation. This is not to say that industrialisation is harmful but the resulting wealth of rapid industrialisation and commercialisation has brought its own share of problems for the family unit. In modern Singapore, the pursuit of material wealth has become part and parcel of urban life. This, together with the rising cost of living, has spawned a new type of family. Such families have both parents working and the children are left to fend for themselves in the care of the school and domestic help. We cannot afford to leave the moulding of our young in the hands of just the teachers and maids. This is a threat to family cohesiveness because since the children do not spend much time with their parents, they often cannot go to their parents when emotional or other problems arise. There is, thus, little intimacy between the parents and their children in that family unit. This initial problem in communication may lead to the eventual breakdown of the family unit. Parents need to set aside time to spend with their children. They must realise that other than providing for the physical and financial needs of their children, they must also give guidance and inculcate good moral values. Parents must be present for their children and should take an active role in their lives. If they do, they are thus available for the child to talk with. They will also be able to influence directly the attitudes of the child.  Also, in this age of high technology, many hi?tech innovations break up family unity, for example, the television. In modern Singapore, almost every household is in possession of one of these wonders. Instead of having wholesome conversation at the dinner table, and building togetherness, all eyes are glued to the box. How can this be good for family unity if there is so little communication?  Another invention to be blamed is the computer. Now young adults and teenagers alike are stuck, immobile before the god of information technology and oblivious to the domestic but meaningful goings?on in the home. This can also sever the lines of communications between family members. The logical solution to this problem is for families to first recognise the problem. They will simply have to view less television and make time to communicate with real people. This is not to say that viewing of televised programmes is bad. In fact, some viewing can be good if done together because then there are more things to talk about. It is just that this viewing must never replace the time for family interaction. 1   2 In a changing Singaporean society, it is inevitable that there will be a generation gap. After all, the older generation lived in a world vastly different form the one that the young people now live in. This generation gap between, parents and children is accentuated by the westernisation of Singaporean society. It is no surprise to me that parents often do not understand their children. There is no easy solution to this problem as it is difficult for people's perceptions to be changed. What is needed for reconciliation to take place is a mutual understanding of each other's feelings and values. Both parents and children must compromise and walk in each other's shoes. Only then can such conflict in the family be resolved. Of course there are other problems which threaten the cohesiveness of the family unit. But fundamentally, the breakdown in the family unit is due to the inability to communicate. This can lead to sad circumstances for the individuals. When away from the supportive influence of the family, children and teenagers can be susceptible to negative peer influences like drug?taking, smoking and other undesirable behaviour. The government must therefore continue its efforts to encourage the inculcation of family values and communication within the family. This is the only solution to all the threats that can destroy the cohesiveness of the family unit. Henry Quek Guan Hong 2SA2 Comments : Quite well discussed but you could have given some evidence or examples to support what you say.
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