Tag Archives: critical thinking

EX-MOE TEACHER: I TEACH MY STUDENTS TO CRITICAL THINK & QUESTION GOVT POLICIES

As a former Social Studies MOE teacher i can attest that teachers were never asked or pressured in any way to promote PAP agenda. In fact we did set some Source Based Questions challenging and concluding that ministerial salaries were too high and housing is unaffordable. The HODs approves these, and this is seen in various school papers' answer keys, much to my bemusement.

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PAP SUPPORTERS ARE NOT STUPID, JUST REFUSE TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES

Dear PAP supporters, Although fellow Singaporeans have labeled you stupid, I beg to differ. It is your right to support the party of your choice but if you are truly concerned for our country, I would suggest you start thinking without the aid of PAP-controlled MSM. Why, as thinking human beings, do you not demand answers to issues which impact your lives? Why are you serving the PAP instead of being served by them?

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Singapore students get top marks in PISA problem-solving test

The Republic’s 15-year-olds came out tops in a global assessment of problem-solving skills, as part of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test conducted in 2012. Singapore was also among the best performers in the areas of mathematics, science and reading literacy skills which were evaluated under the same test — the results of which were released in December last year. This meant Singapore was among only a handful of territories and countries that excelled in all of the assessments.Speaking at the Principals’ Forum held here on Monday, Mr Schleicher said: “It shows that today’s 15-year-olds in Singapore are quick learners, highly inquisitive, able to solve unstructured problems in unfamiliar contexts and highly skilled in generating new insights by observing, exploring and interacting with complex situations.” Writing on his Facebook page, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said the assessment was a test “not of book smarts”. “The study shows that (Singapore’s students) are thinking, open, daring (and) have initiative,” he said, adding that these “important skills and traits for today’s world” cannot be acquired through rote learning.

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