Education, inequality, Prose

The elephant outside the classroom

Chew Wei Shan's facebook post on meritocracy and elitism¬†clearly made a lot of people very uncomfortable, especially those of a certain socio-economic status (SES). She didn't pull any punches in her sharp, self-aware commentary on the divisions in our schools. In the other corner, are these feeble attempts to examine things superficially instead of structurally,… Continue reading The elephant outside the classroom

Childhood, Education, Prose

Protest the test

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Really?" The most important thing I've learnt from being a teacher in Singapore for the last 15 years (teaching at Primary, Secondary, Junior College levels and in both Government and Independent schools, MOE HQ and now in a private international school) is the importance of "learning how to… Continue reading Protest the test

Education, inequality, Prose

What’s the merit in meritocracy?

What is the merit in meritocracy? Meritocracy is a social system in which people reach positions of power based on their abilities - physical and mental abilities like health and intelligence, social abilities like leadership and people-skills, character traits like confidence, discipline, resilience. And how does one get these abilities? 1. You're born with them.… Continue reading What’s the merit in meritocracy?

Education, Poetry, Politics

Invitate et Caritate

Why is there no proper, elegant word for the situation where you find yourself writing to the persons you invited to say they no longer are welcome? "reject"? No, you offered, there is nothing for you to reject, except yourself. "dis-invited"? An ugly prefix which far from fixes. "uninvited"? Feigns ignorance of the invitation. "withdraw/… Continue reading Invitate et Caritate