Today I’m here to talk about the education in Singapore, so that we have another point of view and not only the eurocentrist way of thinking about education.
There are many pros and cons in this way of educating. One thing I like is the fact that teachers learn at the time they are working, receiving trainings, workshops or courses in personal and professional development that help them improve their daily work. Teachers are as well considered as the responsables of building a “better nation”, and this is why they are so demanding with their students, who reach exceptional qualifications in PISA tests, mostly in reading comprehension, mathematics, sciences and analytical thinking.
There are not many hours students spend in the classroom, however, they spend a lot of time studying at home, so Singapore is a country that educates in competitiveness. Families spend a lot of money on private lessons so that children can access a good university and get a scholarship, in order to get the family forward. Children are seen more as a hope for a better life, prioritizing the salary and work they may have instead of their education, personal growth or interests. Children who have more economic support and more private lessons can succeed, making education a social and economic gap throughout the country.
It is a totally class system, which segments children according to the grades acquired, so the “clever” ones are always together, and the rest is apart. This is a capitalist indoctrination baded in “the more you have, the more you’re worth”.