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Subject: Re: School streaming shapes elitist mindset

Single Malt
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Date Posted: 17:43:40 06/27/04 Sun
In reply to: coralseadreaming 's message, "School streaming shapes elitist mindset" on 17:42:18 06/27/04 Sun

oh mine! what is the world becoming into? but this is nothing new for
singapore, isn't it? since our independence, we were shaped to think that we
will be the best, and for us to survive and be the best, we need to
dicotomise (spelling?) what are the elements to be the best and in a win-win
situation, and what are not. and if so, we need refute what is considered
not the elements that will contribute to our becoming the best. so, doesn't
it make sense to separate what is superior and what is inferior, for us? i
was reading a news in the HK papers on the comment made by our former PM who
commented that singaporeans are still far from behind in reaching 1st world
status, and the definition of 1st world is akin to those people's attitude,
behaviour, culture etc etc, of Europe and USA. when i read this, i had a
good laugh. absolutely nonsense.

another aspect i think is important to mention is on Gender. as we cry blue
murder when the boy was rejected by the girl becoz the girl seems to have
much better prospects, i question if all these hoo-ha will be so prominent
and so angst if the role is reversed? think about it. in our society (still
so like dat) if a boy earns more than a girl, it's ok. but if a girl earns
more than a boy, well, someone will make some noise. it can be found in many
of our daily lives, media, movies, etc etc, that it seems to be the norm
that the boy should be in a better position and prospect than the girl,
right? there are so many instances in our daily lives that boys are in much
better prospects than the girls, and that boys marry down and girls marry
up. so in this one instance where the boy is to be rejected becoz he is down
at the ladder, wah wah wah, all the hoo-ha and woo-la-la.

another thing is someone said in the article, to the students or people who
are 'academically inept' to not lose heart. it was supposed to be good
advice and support but wah, what is meant by 'academically inept'? by
terming someone as 'academically inept' is already a judgement made to
distinguish who is superior and who is inferior, and isn't that back to
square one in the arguement about 'elitism'? but in any sense, why don't we
look at education not in the academic terms? one of our faults is that we
seem to embrace wholeheartedly the myth about knowledge is derived from the
academia. but look at the academia now. does it still play this role of
giving a holistic education as it was meant to be? does it still play the
role of a prophetic voice for the students? or has it kow-tow to the
commercialisation of education?

anyway, these are the different angles we need to perceive at the horizon.

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