29 May '14, 4am
"We knew we had a problem"
At the recently held launch of our education policy paper, a teacher said that she had lost faith in our education system and that she was leaving the profession. She lamented the fact that the system is putting our children through torture. She also related that a colleague of hers had told her that if she could, she would send her child to an international school because the emphasis there is less on exams and more on critical thinking and personal development. The tragedy is that the teacher, knowing our education system first hand, doesn't want to put her child through it. Another (former) teacher commented on Temasek Review Emeritus that many students needed private tuition because the subjects are poorly taught in school and teachers have too many non-teaching duties. Class sizes are also too big. He left the system and now tutors students in Math and English. “I usu...