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S'pore's education system produces unthinking students who lack individuality, creativity

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Well like since someone voted for us we need to type another statement..a serious one..ahem

The singapore education system puts unfounded pressure on students,which limits their creative thinking-and forces them to be confined in a system in which they need to study to survive instead of studying for themselves.Basically , it is the same as being encaged to a cell with nothing but books.

Students are worried about their answers or ideas not being accepted by others, thus they want model answers so that it gives them an assurance that they are correct.Therefore, to stimulate our cognitive thinking , you need to counter-argue our point and thus this will enhance your creative thinking . Good Day~

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I agree to a large extent that singapore education system produces unthinking students who lack individuality and creativity.

Since the start of our journey in education in primary school, we have been spoon fed by our teachers with the necessary information required to take the exams. Students just have to memorise the notes which are given to them, thus their exam result does not reflect on their critical and innovative thinking, only on their ability to memorise large amounts of information. therefore the exam is a competition for those who have a good memory, and not those who have the skill to think innovatively. However this is not the main point as when these students join the workforce in the future, their ability to memorise large amounts of information will not help them sustain their job in a company or business. Although some exam questions require critical thinking to answer, they are only a few of these questions, and different people have different opinions, so when the teacher marks the question the amountof marks awarded is based on the teacher's point of view, resulting in loss of marks.

There is a subject Project Work that students in JCs have to participate in, it is supposed to help students develop critical and innovative thinking to do their project. However, since they have to submit many drafts where teachers look through and provide extra ideas to enhance the project ideas, it is therefore a project that the teacher and student take part in. Not allowing the students to develop original ideas on their own.

Project work also requires Group discussion to develop creative ideas, thus they are dependant on each other to come up with ideas, lacking indivuality and this hinders their growth to become independant and develop self thinking.

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3 points

We agree that Singapore's education system produces unthinking students who lack individuality and creativity. Singapore's education system is somewhat rigid,where the syallabus is taught rather closely to textbooks.

Students need to be spoon-fed. They expect model answers from teachers and do not fully understand concepts taught. They study by pure memorisation and just vomit out the answers during examinations without examining the questions properly.

Without individuality and creativity, foreign students have a huge advantage over Singapore students when it comes to competing in the real world.

To sum it up, there's a need to change the education system in Singapore in order to produce versatile thinkers who can think independently and be innovative.

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2 points

I agree to what chemicalclay had posted to a lage extent.Singapore students nowadays are still being feed with in formation , not be given the way to cultivate independent thinking.Even in top schools in singapore,but i had to disagree to the arguement that Sinapore student is being spoon fed in all areas of education as that is alreay a change in the education system as some of the subjects had already being taught throught the learning based approach .It is a matter of time that singapore education will produce students who think individuality.

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PWexcalibur(2) Disputed
2 points

I would disagree with your opinion on this matter.

You mentioned that "Singapore's education system is somewhat rigid, where the syllabus is taught rather closely to textbooks". This true, but only to a certain extent. During the course of the subject, teachers often encourage, as well as emphasize students to read up more about the particular subject online to gain more knowledge outside of textbook. Teachers often also chat about things related to the topic but outside of the textbook during short breaks. One example is Biology. My Biology teacher, Mr Robin, told us about how our hairs are straight or curly. This topic is related to what we were learning at that time, but it was not included in our syllabus.

Rebutting on your point that "Students need to be spoon-fed". This is only true for LAZY students. Students who are sincerely hardworking have no need to be spoon-fed. If students do not understand concepts that are taught, it is their DUTY to request the teacher to explain again and NOT to wait until the last minute to do that. Also, examination questions are shifting more towards application-based questions. Thus, your point about pure memorization and vomiting out answers is no longer valid.

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timeflies(1) Disputed
1 point

We disagree to a large extent. This is because the ministry of education has implemented the "Teach Less Learn More" (TLLM), in which students are not "spoon fed" but they would have to research and find out information by themselves. Nowadays, the notes or even textbooks do not provide in-depth details about a certain topic but during examinations, they are required to know these details. As such, students would have to learn independently, thus creating students who have individuality.

Furthermore, nation wide examinations like "O" Level and "A" Level exams nowadays, do not require students to regurgitate what they have studied but instead apply them through the application questions. In such an event, close analysis and inference is needed for students thus, students are required to think insightfully. Therefore, singapore's education sytem does produce thinking individuals.

In all, it would be myopic and simplistic to say that singapore to say that singapore's education system produces unthinking students who lact individuality, creativity.

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3 points

Singapore's education system mainly only teaches students how to be exam-smart. The teachers in schools even at primary school level, do not teach mostly for knowledge but teaches students methods on how to score in an examination. Teachers flood students with practice papers after practice papers, and emphasise heavily on the best methods to answer examination questions so as to do well in them. As a result, students these days do not try to think of alternative ways to answer examination question that will best showcase their opinion in an answer. Rather, they tend to just blindly follow the steps taught by teachers in answering examination questions. The education system has become very structured as they focus increasingly on how to do well in assessment-based examinations rather than to quench the student's thirst for knowledge. This is increasingly significant at secondary and junior colleges level. Thus, students are no longer able to think for themselves on how to express themselves but rather, every written work produce is similar in every student, lacking in personal opinions and creativity.

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PWexcalibur(2) Disputed
1 point

I would disagree with your opinion.

You mentioned that Singapore's education system mainly only teaches students how to be exam-smart, but that is not true. What you are focusing on is only on academics, but Singapore's education system encompasses a big range and promotes holistic education. What about Co-Curricular Activities? What about external competitions, projects and seminars? What about leadership positions in schools? All these value-add learning.

Although I agree that teachers flood students with practice papers after practice papers, this is only done because practice makes perfect. Rebutting on the point that teachers "...emphasize heavily on the best methods to answer examination questions...", it is, afterall, only a suggestion by the teachers. Students are NOT forced, nor are they compelled to follow what the teachers emphasize. They are ALLOWED to think of alternative ways to answer questions. But I agree with you that your point is valid ONLY for Science subjects, as they are by nature very structured subjects.

Rebutting on your point that Singapore's education system focuses "...increasingly on how to do well in assessment-based examinations rather than to quench the student's thirst for knowledge..." and that "...students are no longer able to think for themselves on how to express themselves but rather, every written work produce is similar in every student, lacking in personal opinions and creativity...", that is not true either. Teachers often encourage students to go online and look for articles to read to broaden their scope of knowledge, especially for subjects like General Paper, Geography, Science-related subjects, et cetera. This will also help them to improve their answers in examinations, which once again points out the fact that students are NOT required to use ONLY whatever their teachers have taught them in school. If students' works are similar, it only goes to show that the students are not interested enough in the subject to find out more about it, or are simply too lazy to search for external information.

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2 points

The rigid and sophisticated education system in Singapore has raised many concerns; many of which involving how our students are being 'programmed' with test papers and stale 'by-the-book' styled teaching. Many students are able to effectively replicate model answers provided by textbooks and teachers during examinations. However, many lack insightful understanding of concepts. Singapore's education system is a much guided one where students are spoon fed by their teachers and mentors. This deprives them of any independent learning and room for creativity. Examinations is an effective tool to assess a student's credibility, however mundane and rigorous demands of examinations have produce students incapable of displaying any innovation. The over emphasis on results has doused the passion for educating hence producing a generation of homogeneous students. many students taking the 'O' levels national examinations were able to excel due to their diligence. Subjects like history and social studies does not require an analytical mind to excel. On the contrary, a person that is able to memorize that whole textbook would achieve a better grade as compare to one that is innovative and creative in his thinking. Diligence cannot be a yardstick to measure one's capability and intelligence, while creativity and innovation can be benchmark to one's creativity and innovation.

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2 points

We agree with this stand as many of the syllabus of the eduation system is uniform and does not leave space for students to showcase and develop their individuality and creativity.

This can be seen in the teaching style where teachers give the information to the students by mode of lectures or even tutorials and the students just absorb the infor mation passively withoiut having any critical thinkling on how the different concepts work. This makes the students not be able to have any self understanding on the topic but rather just learning and applying the knowledge.

With the exclustion of art lessons and music classes as chlidren grow older, wich give the students the opportunity to develop their artistic talents, ultimately developing their creativity and expression of feelings(individuality).

As all these things add together which causes hinderance to the student's development of individuality and creativity thus producing students who lack such ideals. Therefore this motion must stand:)

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2 points

Students in the Singapore education system seek out model answers in an attempt to achieve their desired results, in the form of a template where they just fill in the information in order to answer an essay question. If students are to answer questions based in their understanding alone, they lack confidence in their answer.

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user_name(2) Disputed
1 point

Even though most of the students are provided with models answers now, examination questions are altered in a way such that it does not assemble like the question students practice many times. Therefore, students must be innovative and creative enough to give their own answers as answers that they memorize might not be appropriate in answering examination question.

Side: No/disagree with statement
2 points

we agree because students are trained in school to answer questions in a fixed format in order to get a good score thus lacking in individuality. In examinations which have creative thinking questions or questions that are out of the norm, students tend not to be able to answer them. This is because they do not have their own way of thinking or strategies to go about solving the problems.

Also, singapore teachers always spoon-feed students with informations that they need and as a result, students become too lazy to even think of solutions for the assignment, they just simply copy everything from their notes. Hence, all the assignments have the same answer without any input from their part. For exanple, when students go overseas for futher studies, they are not able to cope with the independent learning style as they are used to the spoon-feed system in singapore.

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2 points

Singapore's education system is mostly mechanical as there is greater emphasis on students doing well in Math and Science subjects as compared to a required pass in English. Students can memorise essays for Social Studies and there are mechanical steps to answering 'O' level Chemistry and Additional Mathematics quetions. By doing this, students are able to secure at least a B grade. this proves that creativity and genuine intellectual abilities are less emphasisied on. Since science subjects require little to no individuality or creativity and are so heavily emphasised on, this causes students to grow into adults that lack creativity.

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2 points

I am a student in Singapore and truth be told, us students are only exposed to words, words, numbers, and signs. All of these within 4 walls. Trying to survive the endless hours of lessons. Every single year we are given stacks of assignments, more often than not with model answers. Even in Primary school, what I remembered was the 'less important' periods to be stomped on by the 'important' 4 subjects (English, MT, Math, and Science). From what I see, we are trained to look at something, and reproduce it as best as we can with 'acceptable uberminor differences'.

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1 point

"LIKE DUHHHHH " we are near the end of the 21st century, everyone must receive an education system so as to comply to the education policies implemented by the ministry of education.

bang bruthas in DA house, yo yo

{Yo yo yo singapore produces students lacking creativity,

they want model answers, they dont have no ability,

to either , lets see , lets see, "to disagree? or to agree?",

we hop on lecturers backs like fleas, so please please

get down on your knees,and listen to our pleas:

to instigate our students creativities! HEE HEE

We're typing on a forum so as not to waste any trees!

And we cant smell no bad breath that smells like stinky cheese!}

now that is some creative thinking, debating with a Rap! Uh!

Now , kids , lets get back to the main topic .

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PWexcalibur(2) Disputed
0 points

I would disagree with your statement, as well as your improper use of grammar. Firstly, if all of you are kids yourself, What gives all of you the right to call us kids? Secondly, Ministry of Education needs to be spelt with the CAPS!

Okay let's not waste forum space, just like we need to conserve trees. Firstly of secondly, you mentioned that Singapore produces students lacking creativity. This is not true as Singapore's education system has long since integrated several measures to counter this ancient problem that you have brought up. Take D&T;coursework in Secondary schools for example. Coursework is a platform that promotes creative thinking among youths, particularly in secondary 1 & 2. Students would need to come up with innovative (and therefore creative) project ideas for their projects to be successful.

If this example is not enough to convince you, then how about Project Work? It is another platform at the Junior College level, and also at the Polytechnic level. Students are required to come up with BOTH innovative and insightful ideas in order to make their project successful.

Lastly of secondly, reflection exercises are required to be done by students after notable experiences, such as competitions, seminars and workshops. These promotes students to think more deeply about their experiences and express themselves in creative ways, such as through writing, powerpoint presentations, skits, videos, et cetera,

These 3 examples out of the existing multitude of examples should be enough to convince you. If not, feel free to rebut me. I shall rebut your rebuttal at this rebuttal to your post.

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it is a fact that singapore education produces sutdents which lacks of creativity although there are a few exceptions. because singapore education is very exam-orientated that is why what the students learn are about anwering the way that the exam wanted which is why students are not able answer creatively.what students learn are all about is all general with no specialise subjects which teaches them about things that are intrested in. the students are unable to express themselves creatively as they are not allowed to resulting in them unable to express creativity when they grow up.

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1 point

Today's students need all sorts of visual and verbal aid, for example, tuition to help them in their studies. Only a few students have the ability to be independent learners. Furthermore, Singapore's education system does not give time to cultivate independent learning. Also, due to singapore's kiasuism, many students do not have the patience to study slowly themselves but rely heavily on tuition. Hence, I agree to a large extent.

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1 point

In today's society,the education system has changed a lot that it can adversely affect a children without them realising it. Children nowadys learn most of their knowledges through the textbooks. Most of the time, the teachers tend to teach their students to answer according to the model answers given, resulting in the children not able to express their innovativeness.Teacher also do not emphasis so much on practical skills any more, thus when these students graduate, they would not be able to suit the new working environment.

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1 point

Singapore's education system has made the competitions between students to be very unhealthy. Although Singapore's education system has introduced holistic development of the students, the education system has made the academic and non-academic aspects of students to be assessment criteria for students to proceed to their next phrase of life. Singapore's education system does not really understand the real meaning of holistic development of children and fostering unhealthy competition between children such as parents telling their children that they have to be stronger than their counterparts, the children grow up with the only mindset of winning their counterparts, the real meaning of education has been lost. Therefore, producing unthinking students who lack individuality and creativity

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1 point

It actually depends on the person itself, for example we could have student A as a lazy person and student B as a hardworking person.

When B and A completed their studies and head out to work, the results may vary accordingly to their skills in applying knowledge to their field of work they are in.

But of course the best student, goes to the one who has the ability to think independantly with common sense and the skills to apply them in the real world. And that student is student E who has everything that a person needs to compete with people around the world.

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1 point

There is too much focus on studying but it is so much more important that kids get a holistic education including sports, music, drama and arts. This makes then mentally tougher, more creative and better prepared to handle life's challenges.

For example, all of the kids we work with at Athena really develop their ability to express themselves on court and this translates into them gaining a huge amount of self confidence. There are other such enrichment schools like the ones for music and drama which are also effective.

Supporting Evidence: Complementary holistic learning for kids (www.athenatennis.com.sg)
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1 point

Singapore Government PAP only knows how to bring GDP and nothing else. They are Anti-Creativity. They only know how to dig golds from the productive society. There will be no Singapore in future. National identity and loyalty are disappearing fast. Every year , ten thousands of locals are leaving Singapore ruled by PAP Communist State Propaganda of Censored Freedom and Transparency.

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LYQTMY(2) Disputed
3 points

We disagree to a large extent. Why? Firstly, there are many examples that show that the Singapore education system is not as rigid as it seems. Take for example, Project Work. We are graded for this subject for A'level and it requires critical thinking skills and generation of new ideas that are innovative and insightful. So, this encourages creativity and individuality in students since one of the task requirements is to force students to think out of the box.

Nowadays, we have reflection exercises which makes us think about what we have learnt and as well as to apply them into possible real life situations in the future. This will allow students to absorb and understand what they learnt, instead of memorising the information from the book. With understanding, they are able to generate new ideas to tackle the situation, rather than relying on past existing strategies.

Side: No/disagree with statement
3 points

i must say that this view about singapore's education system is thoroughly un acceptable. This is because singapore does have usage of individuality and creativity incoporated into its education system.

For example, many of us have this thought of examinations being an avenue where students just regurgitate what their teachers have made them memorised. However, this is definitely not the case. Examinations do include 40% of recall questions but it also has 60% of application questions where students put thier individuality and creativity in use. To be precise, not only PW where the above commentors have stated, but also the AQ section of our comprehension paper.

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adadadadada(1) Disputed
1 point

Having just finished my A levels, I would like to strongly disagree with this argument.

For every application question, there is a standard answer found in the wonderful book called the Ten Year Series. and there is also an application syllabus by the way, so all the 'application'is learnt. Try being creative in a GP exam or any A level paper, chances are you won't do well.

PW is not creative. The idea is hardly evaluated. Instead the bulk of the report is methodology (surveys, interviews), evaluation of findings which just means showing how your data support your stand. Recommendations are a small part. A group gave holding a dialogue session as their recommendation and got their A. Is that rewarding creativity, or penalizing the lack of it?

If we look at the schools with the highest A rate, they aren't schools that are innovative. MJC and RI have very dedicated teachers who prepare lots of notes and guidance on how to write a report: basically very good spoon feeding.They have done their job well, and that is why their students score well. It does not have anything to do with being more creative.

AQ has nothing to do with creativity, it's just the ability to pick up points from the passage to support and dispute your argument, add in contextual knowledge, and then evaluate your sources.

of my 18 years of education, creativity played no role in getting me my 6 distinctions of A levels. Instead, the will to conform and regurgitate was what got me to University.

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2 points

We disagree to a large extent. Why? Firstly, there are many examples that show that the Singapore education system is not as rigid as it seems. Take for example, Project Work. We are graded for this subject for A'level and it requires critical thinking skills and generation of new ideas that are innovative and insightful. So, this encourages creativity and individuality in students since one of the task requirements is to force students to think out of the box.

Nowadays, we have reflection exercises which makes us think about what we have learnt and as well as to apply them into possible real life situations in the future. This will allow students to absorb and understand what they learnt, instead of memorising the information from the book. With understanding, they are able to generate new ideas to tackle the situation, rather than relying on past existing strategies.

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diane92(1) Disputed
2 points

We AGREE to a large extent. Why? There are many counters to your examples that "show that the Singapore education system is not as rigid as it seems". Take for example, Project work. We are given SPECIFIC steps for us to follow therefore, we are unable to be independent and "innovative and insightful". So, this DIScourages "creativity and individuality" in students NOT requiring us to "think out of the box".

Agreeing with chemicalclay, nowadays, we are spoon-fed with reflection exercises that you, LYQTMY, apparently did not notice that also has model answers for us to copy. Therefore, we are STILL given material to memorize and regurgitate during exams and hence, UNabling us to "think out of the box" for us to "generate new ideas to tackle the situation". HAHA!

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PWexcalibur(2) Disputed
3 points

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, diane92, those SPECIFIC steps do guarantee ALL of us an 'A' grade since EVERYONE received the SPECIFIC steps, no?

"Innovative and insightful" are merely adjectives to describe the quality of projects they expect from us, students. I do not believe this move made by the setters is, in any way, restrictive or detrimental to our thought processes, unless your nerve and gilial cells have been massacred over much attempt to produce "innovative and insightful" ideas. On the contrary, "innovative and insightful" actually PROMOTES creativity! AND individuality. Would you not agree then that your nerve and gilial cells, however limited, will have to conjure up creative ideas spilling with individuality? Agreed? Half your case is given to me, diane92, thank you.

Model answers for reflections? You mean for MATH? HAHAHAHAH ONE AGAIN! Amazingly entertaining! Math reflections are for you to revise conceptual content that are expected to be LEARNED UP. Model answers are recommended answers. Students should feel free to delve into other methods, and not be restrained by the standard mathemathical concepts! The worst that could happen? Failing the examinations. (: Seriously, an individualistic and creative move. Rock on.

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manamoo(2) Disputed
1 point

While these reflection excercises may somehow help us with 'individuality', I don't see much difference when everyone is saying the same answer to be 'normal'. Again, even with these excercises, I can still picture many different teachers spoonfeeding and expecting students to be paragons of 'good+normal'ness.

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2 points

We disagree to a large extent that Singapore's education system produces unthinking students who lack creativity. This is because, we feel that everyone is creative by nature, through the years of education, it is just to polish up their skills and apply what is learned to put their creativity to use in daily lives.

We feel that students are creative just that they are unable to express their creativity to others. They might have a creative plan in their mind flowing but they are just unable to craft their ideas effectively and efficiently.

Students lack individuality only during their years of education because during their years of education, they are asked to follow a certain format in the way they expresses their answers in assignment and assessment however, they are able to introduce their individuality again when they go into the working force. What's more, in doing essay. students can have their own style of writing and all of their styles are rather different so students work only lack individuality in some subjects.

Singapore's education system definitely produces thinking student as in the education system today, students have to apply their knowledge not only in studies but also reality. For example, schools nowadays are adopting the system of "Teach less, learn more". Which encourages students to widen their knowledge through self-research learning as when teachers teach less, its up to their own to explore the subject and topic, not restricting themselves to a fixed content taught.

Students who received education in Singapore are able to express individuality and creativity in certain subjects such as humanities and arts. This is because for example in arts, students are given a topic, they are required to based on their own creativity and innovations, come up with their own art pieces. Similarly in humanities subject, such as social studies, students are only taught contents and skills, from then students based on their understanding of the topic, during assessment, they have to come up with their own stand and argument.

Therefore, we strongly disagree that Singapore's education system produces unthinking students who lack creativity and individuality because we feel that when students learnt, they have to think and apply what is learnt.=)

Side: No/disagree with statement
2 points

Singapore's education system encourages students to be more independent in their learnings. The proper education planning of the country allows students to be more self-reliance and to instil the critical thinkings in the leaders of tomorrow. There are three major stages in Singapore's education system, which are Primary school living exam (PSLE), Ordinary Level and Advanced Level. These major stages transform the youngsters into mature adults by encouraging them to think critically and evaluate the usefulness of each statement that they made.

Singapore's major development is brought about by the critical thinkers.

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2 points

We disagree that Singapore's education system produces unthinking students who lack individuality and creativity to a large extent.

At a young age, the Singapore's education system has already started cultivating individuality and creativity. For example, in Primary three, each student were given Science card to do as their assignment during the holiday. The Science card allowed oneself to do many simple projects at one go and challenges their creativity as well as develop critical thinking skill.

While in Secondary Two, each student is required to take Project Work as one compulsory subject. This subject helps to develop their communication skills and problem-solving skills.

Furthermore, in both O level and A level examination, it is compulsory for all science students to do Science Practical Assessment (SPA) which will be graded as part of their subject. Over the years, SPA has allowed individuals to conduct experiments independently and critical thinking skills is required in order to complete the task.

In a nutshell, we believe that Singapore's education system aims to nurture students as future leader with well-balanced character as well as develop a mind of their own.

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2 points

i disagree with the statement. The motion says :Singapore education system produces unthinking students who lack individuality and creativity. i strongly belief that Singapore's education system produces thinking students though they follow a strict education module. One example is 'Project work' done by year 1 students in junior college that stretches them to decide on topics relevant to the task. They think through and out of the box , present and submit the most logical topic.

However, these thinking students are not given opportunity to develop their creativity and individuality as they are mostly guided by books and teachers throughly.These spoonfeeding is not seen in other countries. For example, the students in mittws, a college in thailand, produce creative and individual projects that they have to implement on their own with minimum help from teachers. these includes self created experiments in science laboratories.

therefore, i strongly conclude that singappore's education system prodes thinking students who lack individuality and creativity!

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1 point

we strongly disagree with the statement. as in singapore students are given many different opportunities to use their creativities. such opportunities like NEanimation organized by the ministry of education which allows students to use their creativity skill to create innovative and insightful products such as lego videos. students in junior colleges are also give many projects to develop their individual creativity. in singapore there are many sucessful entrepreneurs that brings glory to singapore. These ppl are the products of singapore's education system so we can't say that sg's system lack creativity.

IN addition, singapore H2 science students are assigned to take on the compulsary SPA (Science Practical Assessment) which allows students to take on individual responsibility to carry out experiments carefrully and correctly.Hence Singapore's students are given plenty of opportunities to take on self innovation,creativity as well as individuality.

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emopplofsg Disputed
1 point

u all from sg anot ? then must support our education ma. no brainers sia say ownself stupid and not cr8tive

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diane92(1) Disputed
1 point

Haha... We're just saying that we want a better education system. If we promote it, while we think otherwise, we wouldn't exactly be helping ourselves... We want to be "cr8tive"! :)

Side: Yes/agree with statement
1 point

That statement would probably be true a decade ago. Now, with the new teaching and education system, Singapore students are made to use their creativity in various parts of their schooling.

While it is quite true that exams now still focus on the regurgitation of facts and information, there has been several improvements made to address that problem.

Firstly, Project work is one way that a student is tested on their creativity and thinking skills. They are given a topic and allowed to have their own interpretation of it. Depending on their creativity, one can go from apples-apples to apples-cars. It becomes the platform for pupils to think out of the box and try out something new.

Many science examination that were reputed to be only testing on facts now have application questions. Students are required to not only state the factual details but also to use it and solve a real-life example. This way, they are forced to forgo the brainless method of memorising and create ways to solve a problem.

Side: No/disagree with statement
1 point

Well , in this case , i answered a no . In Singapore's education system , we get to learn lots of things. Increasing our individuality , we have a '' Show and Tell '' session during our young days in Lower primary schools. This helps us to gain confidence through our speech on an item . Creativity , sure we do have . We get to draw things based on a theme since primary school/secondary schools. We have mini projects too , to gain confidence and creativity . Our thinking skills were all gained through lots of lectures , lessons , etc ...

Side: No/disagree with statement
1 point

I strongly disagree with that. I migrated to India for studies after sec 2. Indian education system totally sucks. Textbooks are dull with very few illustrations. Teachers just read from the book. Students are expected to memorize chunks of information and vomit it in the paper. 99.99% of the time we don't know what exactly we're learning. No project work whatsoever. Even though in S'pore we're expected to memorize definition and the like, we have application based stuff.

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The stagnated perception that Singapore's education system produces unthinking students who lack individuality and creativity has led to many people believing that our education system are producing students who are just "another brick on the wall". However, with recent changes to the education system as well as an increased realization of their mistakes, the Ministry of Education has attempted to increase the individuality and creativity.

For example, there has been an increased awareness of the arts amongst students due to the school's efforts to promote art within their schools. With arts, it promotes creativity, it invites students to open up their horizons and look at things at different angles, promoting creativity.

Not only that, there is a recent, upcoming program for the students in secondary schools called Analytical thinking, where students learn how to use different methods to solve a question through games and other riddles. These are all initiatives by the government to try to dispel the notion that singapore's education system produces unthinking students, creating a holistic system.

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