Things to think abt
now tt almost everyone of u are in the enjoyment mood, i wanna pose a few questions for u all to ponder abt.
I recall the phrase tt education ministry employees like to talk abt. they call it "we will move away from rote-learning, memorising and parrot-learning." in particular, i recall chia hee lee using these terms qte often in econs class. she wanted us to be able to think on the spot, not dig up some old information stored deep within the labyrinthine maze inside our brains and splurt it out at the exam paper. this is the backgrd.
the question is: is the environment conducive for that? i mean, is it conducive for making us into "thinkers"
i rmb tt right until the very end (of A lvls) i was still largely an "info-digger". The answers i wrote on the papers were not exactly "what was thought out and planned", but was the result of filling in the same, or similar, answers for many thousands of times in practice papers and what not. it was familiarity that helped me, not my brain's ability to think.
back to the future. Now that im out of that system, and into a system where creativity rules, what has been happening? now, rote-learning is impossible. for the simple reason - that there's nothing to memorise! we create, not read books and then do exam papers. my work is taking paper,glue, etc and creating projects out of them. this branch of knowledge has nothing to do with memorisation. so its fair to say tt my brain's ability to think has improved somewhat.
now, i want to point out the old science vs art debate. it was usually the science subs tt required lots and lots of memorisation. and by art, i dont mean the ARTS subs like hist, geog, etc. i mean music, performing arts, art n craft and such like. my opinion of singapore's education stance has been tt - the art subjects will only churn out artists, dancers, musicians, etc. they arent gonna create wealth for the nation, produce employment, etc. therefore we shall not emphasise on these in the cirriculum. we will only talk abt them in the press, in the national address, to make us look good, look cultured. but we will not overly emphasise them to the masses cos these wont raise our standards of living.
i all felt tt way to me. i dont know if the situation in singapore has changed. but if singapore still follows the same kind of cirriculum style, maintain an environment so conducive for mugging, then the plans to produce a nation full of thinkers will still fail.
and these are only opinions, of cos. =)
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at 12:38 PM