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Educating the next generation

I read with interest the Straits Times’ Editorial, “Educating the next generation” (Jan 5, 2024).

Any form of spontaneous learning should provide you with a happy, positive, and memorable experience. However, only a small number of children are in exception.

Therefore, based on this, parents should realize the importance of spontaneous learning. Parents should actively encourage and guide their children to move towards their dreams and goals and work hard.

In other words, the child plays an independent and decisive role, and the parents only play a supporting role.

In any case, parents should fully understand individual children's personalities, interests, hobbies, thoughts, psychological conditions, and their strengths and weaknesses.

If parents force their children in school to learn or do any subjects, jobs and skills that they don’t like or that are not within their strengths, then the final results and efficiency will definitely not be ideal.

Hence, it is absolutely right and essential for Mr Chan Chun Sing to advocate that parents can work together with teachers to give children the space to grow and the chance to be independent.

Sadly, in our highly competitive schooling/learning environment, excellent examination grades are often indicated, set and advertised as one of the life goals that students, parents and schools must strive for.

Because of this, some students feel anxious because of their weak learning ability, and their mental state is depressed or collapsed because they cannot withstand the pressure of studying competition.

It is not difficult for us to find that in recent years, there has been a gradual increase in the number of cases of parents taking their children to seek psychological counseling and psychiatric treatment. This really places the entire society in great solicitude and uneasiness.

Despite all, we should try our best to strive a healthy balance by providing a pleasant and free-handed learning environment for our children to pursue their dreams.

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

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16 Responses to “Educating the next generation”

  • Clap clap:

    Lots of sweet smelling air that conk out peasants into sweet happy dreams for a short while. Then they wake up into the same reality with extra stress on why they are not performing despite all the extra care and help from the big white men and women.

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  • CCShit:

    If CCS’s is truly from a humble background, he had certainly chosen to ace the system and be an ace in the system. Why tell others the not to when he benefited from it and still is benefiting form it.
    How many do the PAP system recognize and respect when they are not part of it, truly recognize and respect them?
    We have not moved beyond manpower training and are reverting to our nation 70s to it by promoting STEM and technical ‘education’.

    EDUCATED & THINKING PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS CHALLENGE THE PAP!

    MOST PAP voter are IDIOTS.

    Unless they are voting to protect their elitism – THESE are BASTARDS.

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  • Observer:

    University admissions should be based on grades of a single subject, rather than grades of all subjects.

    In real life, you can collaborate with others with skills in areas that you are weak.

    The SAP school system was invented to win votes of Clan associations. Teachers persuaded students weak in Chinese language (but strong in Maths/ English/ Science) to enroll in the SAP system.

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  • Harder Truths:

    What group of people is this Shit Times referring to? The locals who are educated to be Grab delivery people, or the FT who are taking over the rotten island?

    But first they must ALL get jabbed to show their loyalty to the Regime.
    Jab jab jab jab.

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  • Michael Lee:

    Quote:
    Hard times create strong men;
    Strong men create good times;
    Good times create weak men;
    Weak men create hard times.
    Unquote.
    ——- An Arab Proverb

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  • rice:

    Oh?
    Me thinks PAPple like CC$ are the sgs requiring RE-EDUCATION.
    Seems they learnt nothing from abroad.
    All they know is to make policies based on 10-year series and HOW TO COLLECT MORE MONEY from already impoverished peasants after robbing their decent jobs to dish to some FTs(Fake Talents)?

    We need to “EDUCATE” the NEXT GENERATION (4G) Leader$ to become good leaderS.
    They must learn how to put SGS before “$”.

    Vote wisely.
    Let 4G learn a GOOD LESSON.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Michael Lee:
    Quote:
    Hard times create strong men;
    Strong men create good times;
    Good times create weak men;
    Weak men create hard times.
    Unquote. ——- An Arab Proverb

    Well said.

    Yes, Good times create weak men (ah gua, LGBTQ)

    All this kind of men/women must be eradicated.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Hence, it is absolutely right and essential for Mr Chan Chun Sing to advocate that parents can work together with teachers to give children the space to grow and the chance to be independent.
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    Yes, we must give space to our children to grow.

    The most important thing is to teach our children about responsibility.

    Toddler took responsibility to clean up the mess he created.
    https://tinyurl.com/5xwf7hc9

    Freedom is power and With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
    https://shorturl.asia/fNtoY

    Every individual must take responsibility for their decision/action.

    Woman took responsibility.
    https://shorturl.at/fEFS5

    I urge all to ONLY help Upright, Honourable and Responsible people.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    CCS himself needs re-education. He has still not removed the necessity of the mother tongue to gain entry into A-levels and university. Parents spend about 100,000 dollars over the period of 12years as tuition fees for their children. Australian, American, Canadian, European and now ever the PRCs don’t have the tuition culture but have outstanding students.The billion dollar tuition industry runs parallel to the mainstream education system. So I will consider CCS and his education Ministry a failure.

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  • 2Daft2Live:

    Still wayanging…..what next generation? SG will soon be the only country in the world that successfully commit genocide within 10 generation. Yes, genocide by replacing its native population with non-native foreigners.

    But the country’s leaders don’t care…..they are too busy counting their $$$$.

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  • rice:

    “EDUCATING the NEXT generation…”?
    For what purpose?
    Touch yohur hearts,CC$ and the re$t,are sgs now lesser educated than MOST OF THE FAKE FTs who have been replacing them in thw banking sector,for example?
    NUS,NTU and other local Us ranked much higher than most univs that many FTs hailed from.
    So,sgs educated at NUS,etc are not fit for even our local bank like DBS?
    And,they got replaced by pinoys,indians,etc at same or even higher ranks than the loyal local staff?

    Its all a BIG bullcrap.
    Better wake up sgs.
    You have been conned really hard!
    All the “TALK” is just mere “c**k talk”.

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  • Sue, sue:

    Some rich umbraged citizen should take up this genocide issue. If a gov rules for decades until the local population shoots to zero, that’s genocide by incompetent and cruel gov. Why cruel? The resources are there but the gov refuse to use it. That’s genocide by controling resources away from the babies and parents.

    If the oppo cannot convince voters (because they are like oblivious frogs slowly boiled to death), then they should take up legal cases in local courts or UN courts. This is a good case for the ICJ court.

    2Daft2Live:
    Still wayanging…..what next generation? SG will soon be the only country in the world that successfully commit genocide within 10 generation. Yes, genocide by replacing its native population with non-native foreigners.

    But the country’s leaders don’t care…..they are too busy counting their $$$$.

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  • JD:

    “Sadly, in our highly competitive schooling/learning environment, excellent examination grades are often indicated, set and advertised as one of the life goals that students, parents and schools must strive for.

    Because of this, some students feel anxious because of their weak learning ability, and their mental state is depressed or collapsed because they cannot withstand the pressure of studying competition.

    It is not difficult for us to find that in recent years, there has been a gradual increase in the number of cases of parents taking their children to seek psychological counseling and psychiatric treatment. This really places the entire society in great solicitude and uneasiness.

    Despite all, we should try our best to strive a healthy balance by providing a pleasant and free-handed learning environment for our children to pursue their dreams”

    The problem is so bad that the teachers themselves are affected and leaving or planning to.

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  • JD:

    Elite education, my footnote lah.

    Nothing but tuition and more tuition. Why? Because not much jobs in a tiny island, so every other parent are kan cheong. You have a student committing murder in River Valley high in broad school daylight and the minister is untouchable.

    PAPigs are working for themselves and to promote their own interests. The older generation of Chinese voters have screwed us and passed on a shitty state of affairs where you throw some peanut seeds and theses apeks and ah soh are like pigeons pecking away at PAPigs` handouts to buy their votes. They do not think long term. They only see short term for their own selfish interests and not the children and future generation.

    What education? Most Sinkies can even speak proper English. They don`t teach critical thinking or creativity in our PAP schools. Nothing but memorization. Our scholars are lousy leaders because they lived in condos all their lives and don`t know what you and I are talking about nor do they mix with us. Singaporeans are important to them only when election time is near.

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  • China Good:

    Reducing students’ homework burden is to improve the quality and efficiency of school education. The proposal of “double reduction” aims to call for education to return to the essence of educating people, respect the law of education and the law of talent growth, so that students can achieve personalized development while developing in an all-round way. The “double reduction” policy combines the dual value orientation of equitable pursuit and high-quality development. Reducing students’ homework burden and off-campus training burden is the path and basic goal of the “double reduction” policy.

    In sharp contrast, Sg’s slogan shouting of “teach less, learn more” means that schools teach less, and students spend more time at tuition centres. Parents end up spending more money for tuition. This is the capitalist solution: sucking more money from the people.

    SINGAROAR:
    CCS himself needs re-education. He has still not removed the necessity of the mother tongue to gain entry into A-levels and university. Parents spend about 100,000 dollars over the period of 12years as tuition fees for their children. Australian, American, Canadian, European and now ever the PRCs don’t have the tuition culture but have outstanding students.The billion dollar tuition industry runs parallel to the mainstream education system. So I will consider CCS and his education Ministry a failure.

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  • Dalai Says:

    In this hyperdistracted, socially-networked world in which young people can barely raise their eyes from their iPhones while walking or driving, the idea of concentrating on tedious subject matter that may have a vague future payoff is unthinkable. The value of digging for knowledge may seem pointless to those who need only to type in a couple of keywords to retrieve an answer to virtually any question, regardless of whether they have the critical thinking skills to evaluate the results. If students are distracted, and our political leaders question the need for knowledge, I wonder how we can expect this and future generations to value an education. But all it takes is a few morons *educated* ministers at a few elite schools to make for a national crisis in “political bollocks”.

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