The Flexible Education System for the new gen Singaporean
Singapore’s education system has gone a long way the last 30 years where it was very much rigid and does not allow much flexibility from the norm. That has changed and our new system allows for diverse avenues to achieve an excellent education for an individual. It is a more diverse, forgiving and yet, higher quality education. 30 years ago, other countries like America made waves with child prodigies entering universities before they reached puberty, and right now, our system are starting to show the same education news every year of young Singaporeans doing amazing things in education, like that of Master Mark Sim.
We need to design flexibility into our education system, to allow for different avenues of growth and seed alternate talents to be harvested in the future. The next Colin Maclaurin, Pablo Picasso, or Nadia Comaneci doesn’t come from sitting in schools until they reach universities in their 20’s. They develop their talents at a very young age, and given the opportunity to develop it too. Being flexible provides small little crevasses that allows talents to thrive in, develop and mature. It is where ur society matures and we seek talents that paints the Singapore landscape into a diverse, multi-hue and capable society, providing an expert to every problem, enlarging the circle of knowledge that is required to thrive in the 21st Century.
We need to shift our education paradigm, to acknowledge that for a successful Singapore, we need a flexible world class education that allows individuals to thrive, and seed talents to mature to contribute to society. It is the way to go for a human resource dependent Singapore, and with bright sparks from our brightest minds that we see ourselves solve the future problems that will come our way.
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AUG 18, 2015, 4:00 PM SGT