3/22/2007

a refreshing thought by kishore

A refreshing thought Kishore Mahbubani is probably the best mind in his cohort that Singapore has produced. I can't agree with him more when he said that in many areas Singapore is already world class or surpassed that. The fact that we are still exhibiting traits of little boys like I want this and that because the boy next door has it, like Kishore said, is a sign of our lack of confidence, not amounting to immaturity. The 'eye' is the most glaring symbol of a third world mentality. Just because London has it, so we must have it. But maybe that got a little to do with our colonial heritage. The next thing we may want to have, God forbids, is to have a Queen. We have the English Premier League living in the local papers and in the minds of all our football fans. They even know which brand of toothpaste or underwear their favourite footballers used or wore. And while we have achieved in some very important areas like education, and telling the world how good our education system is, which has been vindicated by the large inflow of students from abroad, we have started to dismantle our own education system which have been the envy of the world. We don't believe in ourselves. We always think that our local stuff aren't good enough. Our local talents from one of the top world universities, NUS, are of lesser talents than talents from universities of third world countries. Or just because a few who could not make the grades and went overseas and returned with inflated grades, talked a bit louder, and impressed the listeners, so foreign universities are better. Sure there are many great universities abroad. But not many of the rest are great. Otherwise our NUS ranking is pure fiction. Do we want to believe in these rankings? If not, then we should not pursue them. If yes, then we must believe that our local grads are good, or at least better than those from third world and lower ranked universities. Have we grown up as a nation?

6 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

> Kishore Mahbubani is probably the best mind in his cohort that Singapore has produced. <

You mean a cuntry can actually "produce minds"? Brilliant redbean, brilliant!

> he said that in many areas Singapore is already world class or surpassed that. <

Such as...?

Oh, don't tell me... education?

Hahaha... state-designed education, at best institutionalised Nazism.

You know the education system has failed when one reads editorial which claims that a country can "produce minds". ;)

redbean said...

ok lah, call it whatever you like, but kishore is still one of the brilliant intellectuals of the day. you may disagree, that's ok.

as for education, these people need to be clear what they want to achieve. set the targets and then measure the performance.

the whole education scene is now a big blur with everyone wanting the education to do everything. we will end up doing nothing.

Matilah_Singapura said...

> brilliant intellectuals of the day

I've never seen or heard a "brilliant intellectual" for years now. You mean common people cannot be "brilliant" ah?

> as for education, these people need to be clear what they want to achieve.

They are. They are there to KIDNAP your children and imprison them in BRAINWASHING facilities, so that the kids turn into SLAVES.

You mean.. you still don't know how this works ah?

You must be hanging out with too many "intellectuals"!

redbean said...

ok, let me be very specific. i have yet to meet anyone +/- 5 years of kishore that i can say is better than him intellectually. he writes his thoughts, using his vocabulary, crafting his own words, a bit like me lah: )

he does not have to borrow the grandmaster's ideas or vocabulary like let's move on, demolish, fix them, right of reply, engage etc etc etc.

originality is style.

Matilah_Singapura said...

So he's a good spokesperson for the state.

That doesn't impress me one bit.

For you, start a fan club lah... Knock yourself out. :)

I can think for myself, thank you very much.

redbean said...

ok, let's start a mahbubani club. but not because he is a govt spokesman. this guy is more than that lah.