Singapore And The Educational Reform Essay

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Singapore and the Educational Reform November 6, 2010 Singaporean Background Singapore has recently become a prosperous country in the past 150 years. There is one main island surrounded by 63 mini islands (Information about Singapore-IAS). Singapore’s main ethnic group is Chinese (76.8%), but there are also hints of Malayan (13.9%), and Indian (7.9%) (World Fact Book). There are many different forms or religion practiced there, but the main one is Buddhism. Also, there are four official languages of Singapore which include: Mandarin, English, Tamil, and Malay (World Fact Book). The government of Singapore is a Parliamentary Democracy; the president is S.R. Nathan and the Prime Minister is Mr. Lee Hsien Loong. The Prime Minister has had an influential impact on the school system; he took his ideas on education to innovate the previous education system. Singapore has come a long way since its pervious history in the 18th Century. They first started to change their education system in the 1990’s. During that time, Singapore started to follow the phrase: “‘Thinking schools, a learning society.’ This mission emphasizes the connection between schools and society. It reflects the belief that thinking schools involve various stakeholder groups – students, teachers, administrators, parents, community –in decision-making” (Hallinger). They started to recognize the differences that would occur if everyone worked together. If the Ministry of Education could make students encouraged in learning, then in the future they will be great world leaders. This began the inspiration for need for change sought by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Now many students transfer to Singapore just to go to their highly developed schools that have been stimulated by the “Teach Less, Learn More” reform thanks to the Prime Minister. What is the reform about? “More quality,

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