Creativity and Redesigning our Education Systems: Soundbites from Ken Robinson’s TED talk

Quotes from Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk about how schools kill creativity - one of the most watched TED talks. "Creativity is as important to Education as literacy." "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original." "We stigmatize mistakes. And we're now running national education systems where mistakes are… Continue reading Creativity and Redesigning our Education Systems: Soundbites from Ken Robinson’s TED talk


Why Affluent Parents Put So Much Pressure on Their Kids – The Atlantic

One point of view - would agree that it applies to some parents with the big caveat in bold (albeit, of course, with the incredible advantages that come from having highly educated, well-off parents). Excerpt: On the surface, the rich kids seem to be thriving. They have cars, nice clothes, good grades, easy access to health… Continue reading Why Affluent Parents Put So Much Pressure on Their Kids – The Atlantic

Ten Things I Want My Gifted Daughter to Know – The Common Mom

Ten things to share with my gifted daughter before she turns 10. Gifted is just a label. It defines you no more than your eye color does. In the grand scheme of life no one cares about it. It’s what you do and how you treat others that matters. That gifted label does mean you’ve… Continue reading Ten Things I Want My Gifted Daughter to Know – The Common Mom

99 texting acronyms and phrases every parent should know

TEXTING ACRONYMS ABOUT THOSE PESKY PARENTS AITR       Adult in the Room 303          Mom M/POS    Mom/Parents over shoulder PIR          Parent in Room PAL         Parents are Listening PAW       Parents are Watching CD9         Parents around/Code 9 PA / PA911   … Continue reading 99 texting acronyms and phrases every parent should know

PM Lee: Every School Is A Good School? Really? (This Will Disgust You)

The Heart Truths

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said at the National Day Rally 2013 that, “every school is a good school”.

However, at the AsiaEducationExpo (AEX) 2013, Vice-Principal of Jurong West Secondary School Pushparani Nadarajah said that, “How many of our leaders and top officers who say that every school is a good school put their children in ordinary schools near their home? (Only) until they actually do so are parents going to buy (it).

Indeed, is every school a good school, as PM Lee claims? Let me show you some statistics that will shock you.

(This is a shortened summary article of an article that I had published yesterday.)

A quick background: The PAP government has created schemes such as the Gifted Education Programme (GEP), to cater to the “intellectually gifted”. They have also created the Integrated Programmes (IP) for the “academically strong”. The GEP and IP are…

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MOE Committee of Supply Debate 2015 – Integrated Schools and GEP

Yes I would like to see thse studies too. In fact, I might just do a survey myself (GEP class of 1986). Next year will be 30 years since we entered GEP. I can tell you many of them have left the country. I left too… for 12 years, but I came back 🙂

If I do a survey of my GEP batch, what questions would people be interested in?

Yee Jenn Jong

I delivered the following two speeches during the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Education on 6 March 2015.

MOE: Integrated primary – secondary schools

Madam, this is the fourth year that I am speaking on the topic of through-train schools from primary through secondary. If I seem persistent, it is because I truly believe that in a suitably diverse education landscape, Singaporeans should have access to such a publicly-funded education option.

Such through-train schools will not require the pupil to go through the PSLE. It will allow the school to develop holistic education for a longer period with the pupils, allowing time to work on their character and values, as well as other aspects beyond exams. From results seen in other countries and in private schools that offer such a through-train system, academic achievements need not be compromised.

I had previously outlined broad ideas on how we…

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Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-up Volume 12: Giftedness and Gifted Education

Amazing wealth of info!

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Here is a slightly overdue termly round-up of activity on the Gifted Phoenix Twitter feed.

4-Eyes-resized-greenjacketfinalThe sheer volume of activity undertaken over the four month period since my last review – attributable to my efforts to cover domestic education policy alongside global gifted activity – has led me to experiment with separating those two strands.

So this section of Volume 12 is dedicated to giftedness and gifted education over the period February 24 to July 3 2013.

Two further sections are devoted to wider education policy, organised on a thematic basis.

The material is organised into the following categories:

  • Global coverage, including sub-sections for each continent. As ever, this broadly reflects the distribution of activity worldwide, with little happening in Africa and a lot in the US.
  • UK coverage, including a discrete sub-section on Ofsted’s ‘Most Able Students’ survey, published in June 2013.
  • Thematic coverage, containing sub-sections on…

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Gifted Education in Singapore: Part 2

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This is the second of a trilogy of posts about gifted education in Singapore.

Part 1 reviewed the historical background: the gradual expansion and refinement of provision for highly able learners in this small South-East Asian educational powerhouse. It also examined the Singapore Government’s rationale for investing so heavily in their development.

This second part explores how pupils are identified and selected into the primary Gifted Education Programme (GEP), and to what extent coaching plays a part in this process.

But the bulk of the post is dedicated to a blow-by-blow description of the various strands of gifted education available to learners in the country’s primary and secondary schools.

It concludes with a section about professional development for educators working with gifted learners in Singapore.

As with Part 1, my primary source has been the Ministry of Education’s gifted education pages, but I have supplemented this with all other…

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Gifted Education in Singapore: Part 1

Fascinating – this is the most info I’ve come across about the GEP in the last 30 years.

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This post on gifted education in Singapore is the next in an unofficial series featuring the Asian Tiger Economies that head the 2009 PISA rankings – and are amongst the ‘high-performing jurisdictions’ examined during England’s current National Curriculum Review.

It builds on a March 2011 post in my ‘Behind the Gifted News’ series which asked whether England would copy Singapore’s Integrated Programme. (More later about how the Integrated Programme fits within wider gifted education provision.)

Previous reviews have addressed gifted education in Hong Kong and South Korea. Now it is time to turn our attention to one of the educational powerhouses of South East Asia. For Singapore finished 5th in the PISA 2009 league table for reading, 4th for science and 2nd for mathematics.

My analysis of high achievers’ performance in PISA shows that, in 2009, the percentage of Singaporean students achieving levels…

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Let’s Make Magic!

My Whimsical Dreams for Singapore’s Future Over the last 50 years, Singapore’s growth can only be described as monumental. In the 1960s, we had the same GDP as Nigeria. Today, Singapore has the 3rd highest GDP per capita in the world, overtaking the G10 nations and the other East Asian Tigers. Source: The Economist, March… Continue reading Let’s Make Magic!