I think this would be really really really cool if it was really done physically (rather than CGI). Still, it’s a really short and concise message.
I was.. out pretty much the entire day yesterday. So.. a long post is coming up. I’m currently editing all the pictures. Oh it’s gonna take such a long time~
Well, if you have the time, it’s worth a read. My showed me this as a rebuttal for what I wrote about the practicality of education.
I’ll try to make this as short as possible.
I agree with the gist of what she said. About how our education system doesn’t encourage or push us towards asking the crucial question of “why?”. That we’re pretty much forced to memorized the facts in the textbook.
I mean yeah, if I think about the past 10 or so years of studying, it certainly felt that way at some point of time. (I can’t make a comment about poly now because in technology, there’s always a reason for something)
It’s true that, the way we were brought up, it’s the grades that matters, your character really isn’t the point of interest at all.
Let me start by saying, even though she voiced out all her complains, there isn’t a single trace of any suggestions about how we can improve it. I mean yeah, it’s a really tough thing for a 16 year old to think about but, then again think about it. If you can change it, how would you change it? Can you really explain why to everything in our syllabus? Do we really have enough time for that?
I would also like to argue that, they did teach us about why, it’s just not really the main focus. I mean, with respect to her question, “Why is carbon a non-metal?”
It’s because carbon has 4 valence electrons, and display a semi-conductor characteristic, much like silicon. It can be manipulated to conduct electricity, or to be an insulator. It displays some characteristics of a metal, but not all of it. It does not react vigorously to acids or water. Hence it is a non-metal.
I mean dude, we learnt that in Secondary School. Unless you’re not paying attention in class.
As for music or arts or dance. There is a music programme or arts programme if you’re interested. I know that not all schools offer that. But if it is your passion and goal, then it really isn’t that hard to find out which school has it or does not have it. And I’m sure most schools have dance as their CCA. Though it’s true that schools do not actively push students to do things that are out of their curriculum, it’s not like they don’t give us an option to do it at all.
She also mentioned quite a few times that we should start acting like a first-world country, and be like a second or third world country, where their education is to cramp as much information into their head as possible so that they are able to secure a stable job.
I beg to differ.
We NEED to get a stable job no matter what kind of world country you’re in. Just because our standards of living have increased, it doesn’t mean that our education should be totally changed. In the sense that, if we’re a first world country, we just have to work THAT much harder than the second or third world, in order to secure a good job.
Memorizing details is an important part of life. It lacks creativity and things that will ignite your passion for education. But truth of the matter is, that’s how learning begins. It starts with memorizing, then understanding, then finally, the spark that makes you ask, “Why?”
Finally, the advantage we have being in a first world country is that, the ability to venture out and work on your passion. Yes, we are forced to stick to a curriculum for 10 or 12years depending on how you choose your route. But, you can always go to a poly, or uni after that to study the topics you’re really interested in. I don’t think that teachers want students to be like a machine, but they probably didn’t expect us to “think out of the box” so quickly. There is quite a generation gap after all.
Maybe a change is needed, maybe they should allow us to have choices earlier down our educational path.
However, what about those who haven’t decided a path in life?
In conclusion, I want to say that I have no qualms about the education system in Singapore. It has it’s advantages and disadvantages, as with all other systems. We just have to start looking for the other possibilities rather than just complaining about the restrains put on us.
I also think that, yeah, she’s a really good writer/thinker for a 16 year old. (it’s thanks to this stupid boring system that we can see who are the thinkers amongst the people)
So, I talked to D last night and he gave me a topic to write about, well, mainly cause I’m pretty much running out of non-serious stuffs to talk about. Ah, how far I’ve fallen.
Well, we’ve been complaining about education since the start. Since we’re young we hate to do the work that has been imposed on us. It just gets more and more weary as time goes on.
But is it necessary?
Why the fuck are our school hours 6~8hours? If you include CCA and whatever projects that you have. Then it probably adds up to 10hours a day. (unless you’re as awesome as me, then there’s only about 1 hour of study per day including school)
Why the fuck do we have to study so many subjects? Like humanities and sciences. (forget about arts cause I know nothing about it)
How much of what we learnt are we actually going to apply in our future? Like, do we really need to know how to draw a tan2x^3 graph? Do we really need to know about the names of the earth around us? Do we really need to know about what NaCl2 + HCl gives us?
Nope, not really.
I mean, if you look at it literally, case by case, then screw it man, about 90% of the things we study are probably just useless information. Like, for example, I recently learnt that different sleep states in different amounts makes you feel completely different when you wake up, you can sleep for 3hours, and feel as fresh as that other person who slept 8hours.
Is that useful? No, not really, because I’m just going to sleep when I’m tired anyway.