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9 April 2018

Warm greetings to all!

There are hot discussions these days with the released of news articles covering the survey of graduates’ outcome in Singapore.

Of course, the universities discussed here are graduates salary of the autonomous versus the private universities.

It seems ironic as it’s not about which education pathway to take, what matters more is the final outcome, a degree accreditation that earns more.

Pausing, one starts to wonder, if all else being equal, which is the best path?

The education industry is seriously taking on a different landscape, while examinations are prevailing, change becomes the norm.

Educators are filled with resplendent terms and jargons to explain the educational programs and pathway they represent. All may sound convincing, but none can verify which is the best.

If we were to take a step backward, do a breather and clear the visual; usually there are observable criteria to fulfil in order to achieve the “authentic degree”. The real question now will be, “How to achieve that desirable outcome?”

Think simply, let’s get back to the basic of education.

An education framework structures itself around child centricity, purposefully, to develop, nurture, build inquisitive mind set, and boldly nudge the child to venture to seek the answer. Importantly and yet subtly, the learner is ingrained with knowledge throughout the formative years in school.

Learner must be taught to recognise that effort is the source and beginning of it all, otherwise, transformation can’t take place. Resilience is built through trials and failures. It’s the trying that success will eventually come.

Seriously, all these cannot be achieved by the child, after all, they are young, and have not acquired the maturity to master the skill set. It is said that maturity comes after past twenty.

Hence, parental roles become crucial for young children and teens, learners truly need the guidance and the constant support of their families, combined with the tight webbed connection with the school. The joint cooperation will ensure learner will be wise to make to the decision to enter the choice university with informed knowledge and undertaking of responsibilities.

Clarissa Lim, Principal

大家好!

近日发表的有关新加坡大学毕业生调查结果的新闻报道引发了热烈的讨论。

讨论的内容是自主大学和私立大学的毕业生薪水问题。

具有讽刺意味的是该调查不是针对毕业生通过何种教育途径,获得何种学位,而是针对拥有哪种学位的毕业生在毕业之后能够获得更高的收入。

且慢,人们想知道,如果其他条件都相同,哪条求学之路是最好的?

教育行业日新月异,虽然考试评估形式依然流行,但新的教育模式不断出现。

教育工作者都能用高大上的专业术语以及行话,滔滔不绝地解释他们所代表的教育项目。听起来都很有说服力,但没有人能证实哪一个教育项目和求学途径是最好的。

其实冷静下来,通常可以通过可观察的标准来帮助获取“真实的学位”。而现在真正的问题是:“如何实现这个理想目标?”

很简单,让我们回到教育的初衷。

一个教育框架以儿童为中心,有意识地开发和培育孩子的好奇探究精神,并鼓励孩子勇于冒险,勇于探究寻找答案。在这个教育框架中,至关重要而又奇妙无比的是,学生在整个成长阶段中都不断地在进行知识积累。

学生必须认识到努力是成功的源泉和开端,只有通过不断的尝试和失败,才能打下坚实的基础,立于不败之地,走向成功之路。

事实上,这些都不是孩子自己能够独立达到的,毕竟他们还年轻,不够成熟,尚未掌握这些技能。据说二十年岁之后才会趋于成熟。

因此,父母的角色对青少年来说至关重要,学生需要家长的指导和不断的支持,并与学校保持紧密沟通。这种合作将确保学生在选择理想大学时有足够的资讯,明智地、负责任地做出决定。

林丽芳校长