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Uniquely Singapore Education Courting the Tourist Dollar. Yang Shuang Yu Tian Tong Xueyin Justinian Tnag. Meritocracy. Definition :
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‘Meritocracy is a fundamental ideology in Singapore and a fundamental principle in the education system which aims to identify and groom bright young students for positions of leadership.
The system places a great emphasis on academic performance in grading students and granting their admission to special programmes and universities.’
- e.g. PSC scholarship; NUS- Singapore Lions' Club Bursary Award
e.g. Express/normal streams
- Resources are given to people who have the ability to make best use of it
- Students from lower socio-economical backgrounds can improve their status through their own hard work
- Academic vs. Leadership
- A study by Ghent University has even shown that Children who are first in birth order are more likely to be hard working
- Parents are willing to do community service and even move their homes in order to get their children into good primary schools
- Concentration of educational resources in top schools such as RI
- Special Programmes (such as SMTP)
A debatable case: the Wee Shu Min elitism controversy
On 21 Oct 2006, Wee Shu Min, the daughter of Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Wee Siew Kim, who was also a RJ graduates, was slammed by netizens for her elitist and naïve comments on the blog of Derek Wee who voiced his concerns on job security and age discrimination
called Derek a "stupid crackpot", belonging to "the sadder class" and overreliant on the government. Her post also called for Derek to "get out of my elite uncaring face”.
- Lee Kuan Yew
Therefore, Singapore government, ie the PAP, has always taken economic performance to be above other concerns such as human rights
Pragmatism in education
- Ubiquitous TYS and guidebooks
- Students focus more on the results rather than the learning process
- affectionately termed as “mugging” or “pure regurgitation”, as a must-do if a student wanted to excel in standardized exams
- hones exam skills but does not develop creative and critical thinking skills
four independent institutions: 20%
Success story of LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE
Skilled Singapore workforce that possesses intellectual curiosity, confidence, maturity and inclusiveness
start of 21st century
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (2002)
Singapore Flyer (2008)
Marina Barrage (2008)
F1 Grand Prix (2008-2011)
Youth Olympic Games 2010
Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts
Resorts World Sentosa
Gardens by the Bay (29 June 2012)
"A casino glorifies gambling. When you have a casino with the government fully endorsing it, that changes the perception of what gambling is all about," said Joanna Koh-Hoe, vice president of the social group Focus on the Family Singapore.
Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (2008)
National Council on Problem Gambling