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What education should be

There are two schools of thought of what education should be.

The first is that it should imbibe the person with good values, curiosity to inquire and the ability to investigate.

The second is to prepare him for work so that he can make a lot of money. It requires him to be knowledgeable in the more practical subjects of industry like English, Mathematics, Science and IT. It also requires that he thinks and behaves in ways that are acceptable to society and work organizations.

The first is geared more towards the development of the individual, while the second, development of industry and enriching oneself materially.

Often times, it is a mixture, veering between the two, depending on the needs and values of society at the point in time.

For example, since the onset of neoliberalism here in the 1980s, Singapore has become an overwhelmingly business-run society.

As such, emphasis has been on the hard, practical subjects while moral education, history and social studies have been viewed by parents and students alike, as not important.

To get into a good secondary school, a student needs to ace English, Mathematics, Science and Mother Tongue.
Once he gets into an elite school like RI or Nanyang, he will likely go on to graduate from a good university and then a plumb job with good career prospects awaits.

On the other hand, if he can’t even get into the Normal Express stream in a government school, his prospects for a good university degree is considerably dimmer and therefore a high paying job and the good life.

Of course, there are exceptions, but by and large, this is the trend.

This being the case, the education rat race will not abate, regardless if admission to secondary school is by way of T-score or Achievement Level.

This tweaking of admission criteria is a waste of time. It will not alleviate the unhealthy stress on our children nor de-emphasize paper-and-pencil test.

The only way to alleviate the unhealthy stress is to embrace education for what it is – the development of the individual rather than preparing the child for industry.

Ironically, with repetitive work replaced by IT, it is the holistic and creative person who is more sought after by industry.

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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12 Responses to “What education should be”

  • xoxo:

    KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT WISDOM IS DISASTER.
    TAKE 3G EXAMPLE AND COMING 4G.
    Our TOP SCHOLARS HAVE BECOME UNWISE EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE HIGHLY SCHOOLED.

    ETHICS OF GAHMEN IS THE MISSING INFREDIENT.
    NO HUMILITY,NO TRUE WISDOM.
    WITH MORE ARROGANCE,we can expect more foolishness.

    CHANGE IS NEEDED.
    CHANGE OF VALUES.
    CHANGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE ATTITUDE.
    ARROGANCE N GREED MUST BE CORRECTED.

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  • oxygen:

    EDUCATION SHOULD BE AND MUST BE learning to check the facts (or its deception of facts) and verify the data – THIS IS MISSING IN LEE-jiapore altogether.

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  • Harder Truths:

    You are wrong. Education is about getting someone to think for themselves and apply themselves in society by solving problems – theirs and others. You talk about maths and science – these are subjects – not education.

    $G a communist state that demands you do not think and only follow orders. You need to know just enough to fulfill a slot in society – and you fight for this ‘privilege’ against foreigners who are much less ‘educated’ but much more cunning than you can ever be.

    That is why Team Despot is unable to solve any problem. They are made up of similar ‘scholars’ – a fancy name for people who can pass exams – but who cannot solve a real world problem because they have no real problem solving power.

    The success of Team Despot relies on a long-dead formula set by the beloved Goh Keng Swee and Professor Albert Winsemius (1920-1996) in the 1970′s. This economic plan is not working now – yet there is no one good enough to fix the problem. Team Despot compensates by sucking the life out of people for their massive unnecessary projects to justify high salaries and high costs.

    Such ‘educated’ citizens will have no choice but to depend on Team Despot for everything. $G ‘education’ is a lie and will only keep citizens in slavery – exactly where the ruling elite have meant us to stay.

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  • Foong is Idiot:

    Foong, you said :”The only way to alleviate the unhealthy stress is to embrace education for what it is – the development of the individual rather than preparing the child for industry.”
    ========================================================
    Let examine the path development of the individual.
    Assuming you raise your child to have high moral values, example, does not anyhow sex or poke around like old man ZhenZiDan here but he also does not have the skill to operate a computer, he is not going to get any job at all to feed himself.

    Therefore, it is logical to prepare the child for industry aka teach the man how to fish to feed himself than always asking others to give him fish.

    Never mind about moral values, once you know how to fish you can support yourselves and go poking around like ZhenZiDan here.

    Just don’t poke backside. (LGBT)

    FACTS: Go print and distribute ZhenZiDan post here.
    http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/09/05/updates-on-in-house-techie-medical-condition-5-sep/

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    $PAP$ Tua Kee; Majullah $PAP$; $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Lazy, Unmotivated, Whinning Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    from kindergarten to U under pap is never a good thing.

    61% sheep believe in the pap hype about pap nus ntu smu world ranking so much so their own children with pap nus ntu smu degrees unable to compete with ceca ah neh fake degrees in own land of birth.

    we advise 61% sheep.

    stop believing pap.

    send your children for a true education outside of pap system as soon as you can. forget about the pap hype that pap nus ntu smu are world ranking. in truth, they are not, because 61% sheep children with pap nus ntu smu degrees in own land of birth are rab drivers foodpandas while ceca ah neh with fake degrees are doing so much better in the pap island employment statistics.

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    Schooling should be for building Character and Fun towards achieving a goal in life NOT a building of selfish me,me, & me and Better than your neighbour’s children by the Parents and punished for having less than 3 As

    That is the problem and you can see it Vividly from Kindergarten to Uni

    End PRODUCT??? SELFISH sheeple led towards the pen by evil-eyed dogs to be Sheared

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  • Learning for mastery or grades:

    Talking about educators who go above and beyond trying to make education more accessible to people around the world, we cannot but mention Sal Khan. He is an American educator, teacher, and founder of Khan Academy. Despite a difficult path towards his goal, Sal Khan did not give up and created a platform that grants people access to education without limits.

    Khan Academy is the world’s largest digital educational platform that contains lectures and exercises for personalized learning. It covers different school subjects that range from math and computing to history and the arts. Besides, Khan Academy can be used as a supplement to traditional classes. As Sal states, “It allows the classroom to do richer things: have conversations, do projects, do simulation.” Today he has more than 60 million grateful students registered on the platform.

    The use of technologies has revolutionized education. Sal Khan helps people with studies and has become the “Messiah of Math” as students often call him. Yet, he is not the only one. There are teachers and educators in different subject areas. For example, some of them can teach you the foundations of Chemistry, and others may gladly respond to your write my essay requests. You have an unlimited number of quality sources that can help you study and get a rich learning experience.

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  • My oral insight please teacher:

    “The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living … The good man is that man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving towards becoming better.”

    - John Dewey

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  • PaP game the Nation, fuck poli:

    PM Lee: Sending back foreign expats will result in fewer jobs and opportunities for SGs

    Speaking at the People’s Action Party (PAP) biennial conference yesterday (8 Nov), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged the worry Singaporeans have about job competition coming from “foreign talent”

    Singaporean workers must feel reassured that the Government will help them hold their own against foreign competition,

    But the Government must also convince Singaporeans that the best way to protect livelihoods and families is to keep Singapore open for talent

    He cautioned, “If we just close ourselves up and send away the work pass holders, it will result in fewer jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans, and more hardship for our workers and their families.”

    Meanwhile, even without sending away the foreign work pass holders, Singaporean PMETs (Professional, Managers, Executives and Technicians) are presently struggling to find jobs.

    xxxxxx

    TALK COCK , SING SONG !!!
    WE HEARD COCK AND SONG MANY DONKEY MOONS FROM LKY, GCT, STOOGES, PUPPETS

    ALL FROM PAP !!!!

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ … imbibe the person with good values, curiosity to inquire and the ability to investigate……

    In that case , why not discuss about higher subjects e.g. euthanasia.

    Many here praise NZ of handling covid 19, yet never talked about NZ support and legalization on euthanasia.

    New Zealand euthanasia: Assisted dying to be legal for terminally ill people
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-54728717

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Don’t you alwats say employers don’t want Sporeans? So why bother to train? All these schools, JCs, Polys, Unis, ITEs and other education/training centers waste people’s time and money. Since employers prefer fake degrees, close all local schools.

    Like you spend 3 years at poly, then you realize companies hire those unqualified.

    Foong is Idiot:
    Foong, you said :”The only way to alleviate the unhealthy stress is to embrace education for what it is – the development of the individual rather than preparing the child for industry.”
    ========================================================
    Let examine the path development of the individual.
    Assuming you raise your child to have high moral values, example, does not anyhow sex or poke around like old man ZhenZiDan here but he also does not have the skill to operate a computer, he is not going to get any job at all to feed himself.

    Therefore, it is logical to prepare the child for industry aka teach the man how to fish to feed himself than always asking others to give him fish.

    Never mind about moral values, once you know how to fish you can support yourselves and go poking around like ZhenZiDan here.

    Just don’t poke backside. (LGBT)

    FACTS: Go print and distribute ZhenZiDan post here.
    http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/09/05/updates-on-in-house-techie-medical-condition-5-sep/

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    $PAP$ Tua Kee; Majullah $PAP$; $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Lazy, Unmotivated, Whinning Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • mee poor:

    When i was in secondary school, we used to say RI students are politicians; SJI Top Civil Servants and ACS the businessmen.
    Not much changed since 50 years ago?

    No wonder majority of sgs are poor workers.

    The poor kampong school boys grow up and WORK TILL THEY DROP DEAD.
    The SJI boys help the RI boys to collect more money.
    The ACS boys rub shoulders with the RI N SJI boys to make BIG MONEY for themselves.

    Guess NOT ALL SCHOOLS ARE THE SAME?

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