Thoughts : Singapore (Education)

The Cultivation of Passion in our Education System: A letter published in The Straits Times on the 6th of November, 2003. I speak here of the need to allow students time off formal studies to discover their passion, rather than forcing upon them government-dictated, economically useful subjects of study.

MOE Should Offer Students a Wider Range of Language Choices: A letter published in The Straits Times on the 8th of October, 2002, urging the Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow students to learn a greater variety of languages – especially that of Spanish.

The Value of Literature: An unpublished letter sent to The Straits Times on the 7th of October, 2002 about the value of literature.

The Economy and the Education System: Published in The Straits Times Forum page on the 29 May, 2001, this letter questions the absence of any foreign University catering to the Humanities and Social Sciences among those invited by the Singapore government to set up a foreign campus here. The letter, and additional comments by me below it, also reflect upon the pragmatism of the Singapore government – as that of all other countries too – in placing the importance of the economy and material progress above everything else. This was my first letter ever published in a newspaper.

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