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Is it Time for a New Approach to Education in Singapore?

Is it Time for a New Approach to Education in Singapore?

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Don’t fall into the “tyranny” of PISA testing for national school standards. That message, from Tan Tarn How (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies) who spoke at The HEAD Foundation on 9 July, came as he called for a new approach to education in Singapore. Mathematical, science, reading and problem solving, which the PISA tests aim to assess, are critical skills for the economy. But they do not measure other important skills like knowledge in the arts, culture, sports and of values, which Tan aims to address in designing an alternative ”education index” to measure whether schools enable the flourishing of a fully realised human life. By examining eastern and western philosophical contexts too, Tan showed how the perception that rote learning is native to Asian traditions is a false one – citing Confucian texts, Tan found clear evidence of humanistic ideals which can apply to education goals too.

Is it Time for a New Approach to Education in Singapore? 

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.