Picture sourced from here: http://theonlinecitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Meritocracy-1024x735.jpg
I write so much about the educational system and in the end, this picture says it all. Indeed, I am not even sure that the disadvantaged students get a "basic education" (as depicted in the picture above) because MOE's teachers mark work and make mistakes that students don't make. See below.
Note that Teacher spelt trooping with TWO Ps. And instead of what should rightly be "seating myself", has taught Little Boy to use "sitting myself". Please note that the Teacher's name is not published to protect his/her identity. This post is not meant to shame him/her but to highlight ways in which the system can support weak Teachers like him/her. In the light of
(1) insufficient textbooks (make them more comprehensive, for this is what is happening now... http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum/viewtopic.php?p=725764#p725764)
(2) patchy collections of essential study notes... some schools have them and others don't (make sure all schools give out good notes if textbooks cannot be enhanced)
(3) a system wiith incentives that discourage sharing of educational resources across schools and between teachers... such that teachers who don't write their own resources have little to teach with (change these disincentives to sharing of educational resources).
(4) high standards of literacy expected in tests and exams... standards that surpass the abilities of Teachers (see errors in spelling made by Teacher above)... hence, demand of students only what Teachers can deliver.
(5) exams that test beyond what the school is capable of adequately teaching and reinforcing (don't test beyond what has been taught which happens increasingly often... http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=26571&start=190)
(6) absence of electronic databases (in this internet age) to allow Teachers to share resources across the nation in such a way as to quickly generate homework that is flexibly suited to each child's individual needs (develop such a database so that weak Teachers can be helped to deliver good teaching)
(7) no metric of teaching effectiveness (measure this so that Teachers know they are accountable for good teaching and not for writing good reports and winning at CCAs)
... a child from a disadvantaged home has a lot stacked against him in his path towards academic success, because his parents cannot afford the enrichment and the extra resources that palliate the problems above. As a result, MNCs prefer to hire foreign talent who can communicate well in English ( See here: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120303-0000029/Skills-imbalance-due-to-education-system) instead of ADULT Singaporeans who write so poorly there is no way to clearly discern what they are trying to say...
The song titled “Over There” is describing a man’s desire to leave his wife to a place that brings him the sense of achievement.