29 Dec '14, 1am

The more time our students spend remembering and regurgitating facts and formulae, the less time they spend on...

The more time our students spend remembering and regurgitating facts and formulae, the less time they spend on...

Singapore Democrats A study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed that, in terms of students spending the most number of hours doing homework, Singapore ranks third. This is not an honour we should win. The study surveyed 15-year-olds and found that those in Singapore spent an average of 9.4 hours on their homework a week. Students in Shanghai (13.8 hours) and Russia (9.7 hours) came in first and second respectively. Students spend most of their time memorising facts and figures, and then practicing how to provide “model” answers to set questions in exams. How does this help to encourage their sense of inquisitiveness and independent enquiry – qualities vital for innovative thinking in the modern era? Even the Chinese are lamenting their education system because it emphasises rote-learning and exam-taking at the expense of divergent-thi...

Full article: http://yoursdp.org/news/our_students_need_to_do_less_home...

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