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The Education System In Singapore :: Meritocracy

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Although Singapore's education is well advanced and does very well against other coutries there are still flaws in their system.  Singapore's education system is based upon meritocracy, which from the dictionary means, "a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement."  This puts stress on students at a very young age.  In Singapore's society in order to achieve greatness and go to its top schools a student must excel in the standardized tests that are given throughout the country.  These tests pick out the "cream of the crop" as the website puts it and allows the students who do well go off to the best schools which allow them to achieve greatness when they are older.  I feel as if this is not a good system.  To me I thought Singapore was all about helping every student in its nation, now I see they really help the ones whom they know will do well in the future.  I have to wonder then what happens to the students who to Singapore are "not the best?"  I know they are sent to "ordinary" schools, but does that also mean the schools do not have the best teachers?  Do they get the bare minimum when it comes to their educational career?  

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Why Education in Singapore Works

AFT President Randi Weingarten travels to Singapore to learn from their successful educational system.
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  Singapore is one of the top schools that outcompete America in education.  Singapore trains the teachers in a rigourous 21st century education that allows them to bring the best education to the students.  For instance the math classes in Singapore are more visual rather then memorization.  This also allows students to actually understand for example what "more than" and "less than" mean.  The educaton is engaging, the technology is used in school as a tool, and teachers are always working with each other in order to improve students learning experience.  Singapore's education system is more focused on collaboration rather then standardized test accountability.  Students seems to actually enjoy school rather then hate it.  

  Singapore's education system is something that other countries should strive for.  They not only make sure students get the most out of school but also help future teachers learn the most they can in order to allow these students to get the most out of their education.  It is great to see that the education system is more involved on allowing the students to enjoy school rather then making them stress about standardized tests.  It is great to see an education system that does anything possible for students to achieve greatness in school.  I must ask whether all students enjoy school or are there students just like all around the world who do not enjoy school.  I also have to wonder what are the negatives about Singapore's education system.  Yes their education system has acheived greatness, but there must still be some issues in the system.  There is never a perfect anything.  I also have to wonder about the students who need extra help in school.  Are their programs to help these students or must they help themselves?   

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Educational Leadership in the Singapore Context 2014 | Sufficient ...

Educational Leadership in the Singapore Context 2014 | Sufficient ... | Singapore's Education System | Scoop.it
v Reputed to have one of the highest quality of teachers and school principals, attained through the development of a comprehensive system of selection, training and compensation of education personnel ...
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  Singapore's education system is one of the best in the world.  The fact that the average dropout rate is about 1% says something.  Also Singapore's students are rated the best in Mathematics and Science. This says something about Singapore.  Their education system was installed properly, and the world has something to learn from them.  

   When reading this article I have to ask how Singapore's current education system came to be? Did they look at different education systems from different countries to orient their education system?  Did they look at their own previous education system and fix the "mistakes" in order to improve?  I also have to wonder how students like the current education system?  Do they like how things are in school or do they look at the school differently then the administration?

  

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voice of a young singaporean teacher

voice of a young singaporean teacher | Singapore's Education System | Scoop.it
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  In one post entitled, "Child care leave – a privilege or an entitlement??" the teacher talks about how his RO told him that he took to much medical leave and child care leave in one year even though he is allowed a certain number of sick leave.  Though he did not exceed the amount he was given the RO still said for the next year he needed to "work on his health and keep the numbers low.  The RO also said the teacher has,"not been given a good appraisal because of the high number of MCs in the year. It is going to affect the promotion timeframe, performance bonus and my annual increment because they are all tied to performance."  The teacher was not upset with the RO saying this but with the fact that it should not be written that the teachers can take sick leave if need be and then get upset when they do. 

  When reading this article I could not help but feel as if the teacher had a valid point.  Why would sick leave be written as a benefit if in the end when the sick leave is taken a teacher is looked down upon.  It seems as though it is preffered that teachers go to school sick and only give 50% rather then stay at home and allow someone else teach students for a day who can give their 110%. 

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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

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By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its tech-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests.

Via Anwer Kotob
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Technology has become very important in the school's of Singapore.  The Board of Education believes that if technology is used students will believe school is more fun since they get to use something that they are good at.  One school in particular, the Ngee Ann Secondary School is using technology as the primary use of education.  In classes that have 40+ students they now are able to have their phones out in order to tweet the teacher questions.  A teacher cannot call on every student nor does every student want to ask their question.  This new form of teaching gives the students and teachers a new way to interact in the classroom.  I feel as if this a great step to changing the way a classroom is structured.  I remember in school I was sometimes afraid to raise my hand to ask a question because I thought maybe the question I wanted to ask may look stupid to not only the other students but also to the teacher.  Now that students can ask their questions through twitter is a great way for every students questions to get answered and not be afraid to raise their hands.

  I have to wonder whether the students are always on their phones or computers sending questions to the teacher, or are they doing something else like texting?  If that is the case do teachers care, or do they allow this?  Do they believe this still helps students in someway with learning the material in the classroom?

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