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

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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 Education in Singapore: Part 1

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

Gifted Phoenix

 

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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