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The Global Search for Education: More from Singapore | Education News

The Global Search for Education: More from Singapore | Education News | Possibilities, Conflict and Prejudice_Tammy Sim | Scoop.it

C.M. Rubin talks with Dr.Pak Tee Ng, Singapore education leader, regarding the globally respected education system in Singapore and the reasons for its success (Insights from Singapore on its globally respected education system


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Merci Goh's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:04 AM

Using the See-Think-Wonder Routine... 

I See that Singapore Is Globally known as one of the Countries that are Top in Education. Example, Singapore is known 4th for Science and 2nd in Mathematics. I can also see that the MOE [Ministry Of Education] has also put in extra work to help Singaporeans Education and giving a fair education to both the rich and the poor.

I think that having inspired teachers to help motivate the students and make the lessons more interesting is really impotant for students as it helps them to have a better understanding about the subjects. I think Students are starting to lose their motivation in studying because of the High tectnology and video games that are gaining more attention from them.

I wonder... So what if we have inspired teachers? Will the Students still be motivated to learn? I wonder if education is not fairly given to pupils what will happen between the rich and the poor?

Joycelyn ت✡'s curator insight, July 1, 2013 12:20 PM

Singapore is a global community with a good education system. The articles tell us the views of Dr. Pak Tee Ng on some questions. Singapore school system keeps students engaged in learning. Teachers are inspired to teach and their lessons are interesting. They motivate students to work harder and achieve greater results. I think that being a teacher is not easy as we have a lot of things to handle, example, students’ behaviors. Some students may be mischievous and disrespectful. With Singapore’s education system, students cultivate their interest in learning to have a brighter future for themselves. I wonder how Singapore would be like if we had a poor education system.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:57 AM

The Ministry of Education gives out a good education system which benefits students and engages them in learning about the happenings around them and prepares them for a better future. Many young adults are inspired to become teachers and lessons taught by teachers are interesting and engaging. This action can help motivate students and others to be hard working and obtain their desired results, but being a teacher might not be as easy as it seems as there are many things which they need to, like, preparing for the lesson to be taught beforehand to precise detail so that students are able to learn better and also handling behaviors of students who are hard to engage in the lesson, rowdy, disturbing or even mischievous.  Which makes me wonder what will happen if the current status turns around, with students willing to learn but are unable to due to the poorly handled education system.

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Down syndrome is not the issue, prejudice is. | Treyton's Posse

Down syndrome is not the issue, prejudice is. | Treyton's Posse | Possibilities, Conflict and Prejudice_Tammy Sim | Scoop.it
The real issue is the prejudice in this world that will be forced upon him, that is what I would do with my wish. I would rid the world of the prejudice that says people with Down syndrome are something less.

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Hui Yu Leong's comment, July 2, 2013 6:09 AM
From this article, I can see that in modern society, disabled people are often looked down upon, many people look down on the disabled and make them the outcasts of the society, just because they think differently from us and have a different mental capability. Because they are different from us, we treat them like freaks,modern society is very shallow, and what person strays from the'normal path' will immediatly be bullied or left aside. The author in this artical has a child born with down syndrome and is worried that his child will be bullied when he grows up, in this article, we can see why we do not have the right to judge others as we do not face the same difficulties and challenges others face.
Hui Yu Leong's comment, July 2, 2013 6:10 AM
Instead of being mean and judgemental, we should learn to embrace everyone as the world needs diversity and compassion.
Seamus Ong's curator insight, July 4, 2013 9:59 AM

This is my insight using the see-think-wonder routine. From this article we can see how people always have preconceived ideas on down syndrome and thus are prejudice towards people with down syndrome, saying less capable, less intelligent, less human. As we read we learn that some examples of prejudice in the world today are slavery, segregation, denying women the right to vote, etc. This article makes me think that in this world, as long as you are considered 'better off' acording to the standards of the world you would always tend to be prejudice towards those who are considered 'less' than you are as the author herself sees her child, who has down syndrome, in a different light due to the mutual understanding which is formed as a result of the parent-child affinity they share which others do not experience and thus cannot relate to the child. This article makes me wonder if it is even possible to rid the world of prejudice.

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Five Mega Companies That Started in Garages (and Other Interesting Places)

Five Mega Companies That Started in Garages (and Other Interesting Places) | Possibilities, Conflict and Prejudice_Tammy Sim | Scoop.it
Some of the world's biggest companies came from the most humble of beginnings. Here are five major corporations who've each starred in their own rags-to-riches story.

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vengaadesh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:51 AM

From this article I can infer that even the most popular and well known companies can just start of from places such as a garage. Who would have thought that Nike or Blue Ribbon Sports had been started from a trunk of a car? Though there could be many obstacles and setbacks on their way to success, through hard work the companies managed to overcome them. This shows that with perseverance and hard work one can achieve the unthinkable. I wonder what kept the people going when they were faced with obstacles.

vengaadesh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:57 AM

From this article I can infer that even the most popular and well known companies can just start of from places such as a garage. Who would have thought that Nike or Blue Ribbon Sports had been started from a trunk of a car? Though there could be many obstacles and setbacks on their way to success, through hard work the companies managed to overcome them. This shows that with perseverance and hard work one can achieve the unthinkable. I wonder what kept the people going when they were faced with obstacles.

Koo Xin Yi's comment, July 2, 2013 12:07 PM
Upon reading the article, I can see that not all successful companies had a smooth journey from the start. The few biggest corporation now like Google and Apple had many setbacks, but what makes the success today is the fact that they stood strong and overcame all the setbacks they faced. I think that behind their success is a lot of hard work and resilience that brings them to what they are today. I admires how these companies went through thick and thin in order to accomplish such achievements and wonder what is their motivation such that they did not give up.
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Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore

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This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.

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Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:45 AM

After reading this article, i learnt that there is a conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese, which took place in Sri Lanka and lasted for over more than 100 years. As the Sinhalese have many benefits like, more job offers and further education opportunities, which the Tamils are unhappy about, thus conflicts between the two ethnic groups started.

I feel that the two ethnic groups shouldn't use violence to solve their problems. Its not worth it to get people injured or killed just to have that problem evened out. Both should talk to each other what their are unhappy about and give in to each other.

I wonder why they want to pursue the matter for such a long time.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:59 AM

After reading this article, I believe that in order for a country to achieve progress, social, economical and political stability, it has to first achieve muti-ethnic harmony. this is true as different races in a country need to work in cohesion in order to benefit both the country and themselves. This can be seen as Singapore has gone through much progress since the racial riots end. However if racial instability has struck a multi-ethnic country, this will create a lot of problems for the country like major riots and civil wars. this will cause the country to fall in economical and political terms. This can be seen in Sri Lanka as it went through civil war which killed more than 100000 people. This war greatly affect Sri Lanka's economy and causes a major political instability in the country. Due to this, I believe that a country multi-ethnic country must achieve racial harmony in order to benefit everyone.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:23 AM

Peace and harmony , don't everyone want to stay that way forever? Thats why i seriously wonder , why would people want to start wars , destroying their paradise. In every country's road to success , there must be lots and lots of ups and downs , between its neighboring countries and even between their own people. We're all living in the 21st century , why would we still think in that manner that violence will solve everything? It never will , it will just make the matter worse and cause it to affect a larger amount of people and to last for an even longer period of time. The matter may start of small but because of the use of violence , the matter will start to enlarge and then it would not only be in-between the people who started the matter but the whole country. It will then be reflected badly on the race of the people and also the country. Bit by bit everything will start to fall. Therefore , to me i wonder , why would people want to make things that are simple into things that are so complicated that will cause major damages?

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Realizing Your Dreams and Goals

Realizing our dreams and accomplishing our goals can happen much faster if we employ these 3 important keys.

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Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, July 2, 2013 7:29 AM

Using the See-Think-Wonder route, i can see that in order to achieve our goals and turn our dreams into reality, we can not just sit at around and think or talk about it. A miracle will not happen just by wishing for it to happen, however we should work hard towards our goals and consistently close up the gap between a dream and reality. We should be determined about attaining our goals and have passion to be willing to work hard. To achieve our goals and dreams, we have to take 3 important moves. First, we have to be clear what define our dreams and goals. Take note of what actions have to be taken and write down clearly to always remind and motivate yourself. Secondly, you have to start taking actions. Now that you are clear about the steps to take, you will have to act them out. Work towards the right direction and make every act of yours productive. Lastly, you will have to draw the distance of your dream closer to you.


I think that it is complicated to think about doing all these to achieve our goals, but once we start to work towards our dreams, it will be much simple. Also i think it is not easy to work towards our dreams, but it is rather easy talking about acting it out and end up procrastinating, which is commonly seen. Therefore we all will need lots of determination and passion in order to take action. I feel that it is true about noting down our goals and steps to take, that is a reminder and motivation for us.


However i wonder how long will it take on average to reach our goals, if it require a very long period of time, how will people manage to persevere on? Will people get thoughts of giving up on the way towards their dreams because they are too tired pushing themselves to the limit? And how will they usually reject all the negatives thought and continue working hard?

Jasmine Goh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:12 PM

This article has clarified the factors leading to the realization of reaching possibilities. There are many factors that add up to achieving our dreams and goals. Some of which are being positive, willing to sacrifice and having the determination to succeed. However, after reading this article, there more more important aspects that help us realize our goals. First, we have to be clear of what we want to do. We have to know what exactly we want to accomplish, and involve our feelings in it so that we will be able to experience it on an emotional level. Secondly, we have to make adjustments and be flexible to go in the correct direction of being successful. Lastly, we have to change our perspective of attracting our dreams to us, and visualize ourselves in the future. These factors have really changed my mindset and influenced me to pursue my dreams.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 4, 2013 6:12 AM

After reading the article, I see that dreaming wouldn't help in achieving our goals and dreams but instead hard work does. In order to achieve our desired goals, we should work hard for it, for if no work is done, goals that we desire to get may be hard to come by. The article which shows techniques in achieving our desires are really helpful and I do hope that people actually uses these few techniques to actually work towards drawing their goals towards themselves. I wonder if people who use these techniques actually had the patience and perseverance (if it takes a long time to achieve the goal) to work towards their long awaited goals.