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The essence of education

发布日期:2017-09-01

The essence of education

——A reflection of the education from a undergraduate

     Despite having made it to university, I still go through periods of self-doubt time and again over my ability to meet future challenges. Looking at the current economic gloom, I even resent myself for pursuing paper qualification blindly as it means I will end up without a valuable and marketable skill. 
As a small country with only human resources to depend on, our sense of urgency in equipping our people with the know-how and skills to make progress is understandable. The question is:Are we doing it the right way? 
     The stress of schoolwork is, in fact, weighing more and more heavily on our pupils. While the syllabus has been reduced, students are getting more and tougher homework. Some of the questions are so mind-boggling that even undergraduates are baffled. 
     What does this mean? It means cramming does not work. Even if we are exposed to a wealth of knowledge, we will be overloaded and not be able to digest it. Soon, the information will just go to waste. Our education system needs to be reviewed. We need greater space to develop our interests and talents. We need to discover ourselves and our strengths for the genuine safeguard that we can fall back on. 
     I have watched a movie that its name was “I Am Not Stupid”. Jack Neo is the film's director, and his movie has this message for us: “Everyone is talented in his or her own way. Just because someone is not good at studying, we should not say he is useless.” Jack Neo says he is not cut out for academic pursuit. But he has certainly shown immense talent in making movies. When he was in secondary two, he staged a farce in school that had everyone in stitches. Yet his talent was not affirmed by teachers who were only impressed by impeccable results on the report cards. 
     While many have gripes about our school system, Jack Neo believes no system is perfect and ours is comparatively less damaging than others. It does care for pupils who do not do well academically. What we should provide these pupils who are assigned to not-so-good classes with is proper counseling - they should never come to regard themselves as useless. 



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