Remember your first day at Primary 1? I do. It’s impossible for me to forget it due to my English teacher. You should also know that during my growing up years, Singapore was a far cry from the English-speaking, Anglocentric society it is today.
For this generation of young learners, education goes beyond the raw, rote acquisition of knowledge and skills – creativity and complexity is the name of the game.
Contrary to popular belief, these schools aren’t looking for students who sailed through life collecting awards and prizes without encountering problems: they like applicants who succeeded despite significant obstacles in their way.
It is an undeniable fact that our examination system is stressful and competitive, due to the lack of natural resources in Singapore and, consequently, the emphasis on developing human capital. This may or may not have contributed to a rise in the number of students suffering from exam stress.
However, one can be prepared to face all this if there is sufficient help both academically and personally.
We encounter stories daily, if we do not miss the forest for the trees. Text messages from a friend gossiping about an old acquaintance, a newspaper report on a crime, a product advertisement, or even an episode of the latest Netflix series.
The task of having to build the right muscles is not reserved for professional athletes alone. Writers, too, must work hard at their craft and train their creativity. As most of us know, creativity is now an overused buzzword – yet its importance to students continues to increase.