Britsh Education: an internationally acknowledged example

Szexiong blogged this speech by Singapore’s Minister for Education

We are making changes in our education system from a position of strength. The fact that our students by and large work hard and strive to do their best in school is a happy situation. In the UK, for instance, the situation is the reverse. A recent survey in north-eastern England revealed that nearly a third of the 15 year-olds said that they had been picked on by other students for doing well at school. Those who were hardworking, and who were considered by their teachers to be “normal”, were called “freaks” by their peers. The school culture has become so averse to hard-work and good results that teenagers deliberately fail their GCSE exams in order to be accepted by their peer groups. We should never let ourselves get into this sad state of affairs.



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