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Society needs to accept broader definition of success in life: Heng Swee Keat

“We cannot have broader definition of success in education without our society accepting broader definition of success in life.” – Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat


Is this a sign that PAP will be revisiting its meritocracy policy? It makes one wonder what triggered the Minister to say such a thing. This is a stark departure from their meritocracy policy where emphasis was purely on exams and government scholars. Ironically, we have seen a few scholars themselves who have jumped onto the Opposition bandwagon and have become critical of the PAP. Fate has it that some people would have the best of both worlds.

So what would be the new definition of success in life? I hope the new definition would go above our worldly material accomplishments and focus on how we as individuals impact the society.

I think the first step in defining our success is to stop saying yes to everything. This would be hard to measure for most people, but it can be easily solved by looking at the performance of MPs in Parliament. It is only when we challenge status quo that we can innovate and change.

As for children in school, what would be key is to develop their critical thinking abilities. Only then, we’ll see a bunch of kids growing up to make real changes in the world.

While I applaud the new measures to improve our education system. It seems like the government is still emphasizing on rote-learning and exam oriented education system- more is done to take care of the “weaker” students.

What we are going to see in the next few years is that private pre-schools going out of business with the government entering the fray of providing quality kindergartens. I shall not bitch about this because there is really a dire need to improve the standards of our kindergartens. Unfortunately, PAP kindergartens do not cut it!


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  1. Sam says:

    But the PAP government itself has all this while been a strong influence on society itself given their control of the traditional mass media that propagate and reinforce thoughts acceptable to the government. In other words, society’s definition of success in life in Singapore is due in large part to the PAP government. Minister Heng is ignoring the snake that is chasing its own tail.

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