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Nurturing Children into Global Thinkers

Postby KidsRule » Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:27 pm

Dear Parents,

We are a group of students from the National University of Singapore engaged in the designing and pioneering of a highly interactive and realistic 3-dimensional simulation game that allows participants to collaboratively create and manage their own world.

In this 21st century, the fate of countries is far more intertwined than the century just passed. The ripple effects (social, political, economic etc.) of a local event can be felt half-way across the world in a matter of hours. Yet, our children continue to be largely educated in a system popularised during the industrial revolution that enshrines a narrowly defined range of quantifiable intelligences; when the grandest middle-class objective was to secure a job for life.

Given that Singapore has a small domestic market, we are particularly vulnerable to external events. With great foresight, the government is placing increasing emphasis on educating Singaporeans into global thinkers to empower them to deal with complexities, and to take appropriate advantage of global opportunities. According to Singapore Minister of Education, Heng Swee Keat, "the future is less about content knowledge, as content will have to be re-learnt and even un-learnt during one's lifetime. It is more about how to process information, discern truths from untruths, connect seemingly disparate dots, and to create knowledge even as context changes. It is about developing an enduring core of competencies, values and character to anchor our youth and ensure they have resilience to succeed."

This 3D simulation game has been specifically designed to equip children with “an enduring core of competencies, values and character”

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