The root issues of our education system

This post has been edited and published in Today, 26 Mar 2013, under the headline “Hard truths of our education system”. Screenshot above. Recently, a young mother asked me how one should prepare their children for the tough problem sums found in primary school mathematics. Her father, a successful businessman, chimed in: “Why do parents have …

Is the Education Ministry really listening to parents’ feedback?

Update 7 June: The Today newspaper has published this letter under the title “MOE has role in ‘arms race’” I have sent this letter to the Today Voices page. I wrote it despite being tired out from a long day at work and also while teaching Isaac how to improve his English composition. I refer …

We need more good leaders

When I was in our school’s 24-man dragonboat team in 1994, I was seated on the first row out of 12 rows because I was one of the shorter guys. My rowing partner Naveen and I were coached by the previous pair of front rowers (simply by paddling behind them for one entire year) on …

Some thoughts on the diabetes issue in Singapore

We were discussing about food choices in the office and my colleague said to me “You’re lucky to have high metabolism.” I said, “What? I don’t have a high metabolic rate. In fact, I gain weight easily.” He looked surprised and I showed him a photo of what I used to look like five years …

Thoughts at 40

It was weird how the day I turned 40 in August was the same day I became long-sighted. Suddenly, I had to hold my smartphone further away to read the fine print, and the same goes for my Pebble 2 smartwatch which features tiny fonts thanks to its millennial designers. How did my eyeballs know …