Not sure that this means anything.rajagainstthemachine wrote:Go India! We aren't even on that list of science and math toppers!
China is also not on the list.
Otherwise, would think that the top 6-7 places would be Asian countries.
This is not a uniquely Singaporean thing - HK, S. Korea, Japan & Taiwan are high on the list, too.
What this indicates is the continuing importance of education in Asian families.
Teachers are still respected as is the education process.
Notice that Vietnam has forged way ahead of the US.
Ironically, some universities in the US now subtract points from standardised test scores of Asian students for admission criteria in order to maintain a more diversified student body.
The US would do well to start making "rock stars" out of its teachers to make them acceptable role models. Unfortunately, recognition occurs only among their peers.
Now if Neil deGrasse-Tyson could just learn to dance ....
Unfortunately, being a rebel is frowned upon here.nakatago wrote:The rebels.Barnsley wrote:It would appear that a lot of the education systems around the world are heading towards exam results as the be all and end all.
If that is the case , where are the critical thinkers going to come from?
While these scores give some indication of education effectiveness, there needs to be a general recognition that the young need more than just good test scores for society's future.
In the language of math logic, good academics may be necessary, but are definitely not sufficient.
If diversity and other skills can be incorporated into education, then there might be more that become prepared to lead, rather than just the die-hard, natural rebels, who normally must leave SG to succeed.
Even smart people fall for scams.ecureilx wrote:Street smart, thinking outside the box ... see how easily folks get scammed when words like strongly recommended, govt says so and all reel in the gullible and all ..
The funny part is, a friend, a well property agent earning 5 figure pay monthly, got scammed overseas by a extremely simple con in the Ph..
When he was describing the setup i am like ....no way you could fall for such elementary scams .. but ...
Suspect that those from countries low on the list (e.g. US) have many scam victims, too.
Gullibility tends to be higher when growing up is safer.
In the absence of real challenges during childhood, kids need to be educated in the ways of the world before going out into it. There may be a business opportunity here.
Minor edit to correct grammar.