3/18/2007

Do away with O level result

Do away with O level result Sunday morning is always a good time to take a flight to fantasy land, to explore the impossible or the ridiculous. Creative thinking or wishful thinking, all thrown into one. There is an article in the Sunday Times by Sandra Davie titled,'Time to relook admission policy' to the polytechnics. It seems that the trend is changing and more students or parents are finding it more dollar effective to enrol in Polytechnics rather than JCs. This has resulted in many students with very good results competing with students with lesser results and nudging them out of a place. And this is bad. The solution is to rethink the entry criteria. One of which is not to look at the O level results. Just assess the aptitude of the students. Offer the place on interest, passion and talent. Whatever all these meant, and how to assess them in an interview or what, the key is to throw away the 9 years of education leading to a silly slip of paper called O level result. I think this will make many parents and students jump in joy. Society will have lesser problems of stressed up students. Schools can then indulge in creative and really life relevant courses like gambling in the stock market or trading unwanted dolls or toys to learn business skills. And those who are talented can spend more time either in sports or practicing their acting or singing talents. That will be the great future for Singapore, highly charged with innovative and creative talents, a freer and lively environment where people just do what their gut feeling suggests. Our pop and artistic industries will bloom. More casinos can be built to replace all the dull and monotonous factories or research labs. The latter is a hell hole for people who do not mind mugging and slogging for 20 or 30 years of their precious lives doing nothing, except reading books that nobody understand. They really have no life. Life is meant to be happy and easy going. Go where the heart will take you. Be happy. I feel so good already.

5 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

State education has never been about education per se—state education has always been, and will always continue to churn out obedient and compliant dependent automatons, ready for serfdom and involuntary servitude to the state.

Just think: how many blokes simply turn up for NS registration and enlistment without a word of protest?

If they had a smidgen of individuality, they would put up some sort of resistance.

I can't reiterate it enough: that anyone who considers him or herself to be a responsible parent, do whatever it takes to keep their sons out of NS.

redbean said...

for greater happiness of all, we should have free education. every school decides what they want to teach and every student or their parents decide what they want to learn.

and as for employment and jobs, just assess their aptitude and talents will do.

now everyone will be happier.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Why so stingy, redbean? Why stop at education?

Lets have free cars—one for each person, free booze, free sex, free homes, free funerals...even free jobs—feel like working, work. Don't feel like working? Don't work.

In fact, you can make it better—offer free gifts to anyone who accepts the free stuff!

redbean said...

i have many kacang putih to give away for free.

but no pain no gain. education involves a lot of pain and discipline. a person who cannot count, no matter how good his aptitude and passion are, cannot become an accountant.

a person who cannot pass his physics, please don't become an engineer.

but for the rich parents, there are many universities that can issue degrees with a price. no need to study. just buy.

oooh, money can buy the illusive degrees.

Matilah_Singapura said...

But in the long-term it is the VALUE you bring to others.

A degree can help, but it is no guarantee of "economic success".

However state education systems don't teach the children and young adults that. The underlying message is "go to school, get a J-O-B, obey the authorities".

You make another fallacious assumption about numeracy, reasoning skills and literacy—that one has to go to school to acquire these skills.

That is completely UNtrue.