Out of the million-and-one things to be addicted to these days (Wordle, Bridgerton, TikTok, you name it), I’m addicted to […]
The S/U policy was rolled out, according to the administration, to smoothen the rough transition from pre-university into NUS. It aims to provide a supportive and less stressful environment to nurture students’ interests. But what if I told you this: many NUS students today are being a little too indulgent in this holy grail-like policy. Hold your horses—I’m not here to condemn the S/U policy. In fact, I’m all for it, especially because of the positive intentions behind it. Instead, I’m here to shed light on how students have misconstrued the intentions of this policy, via the S/U mentality. […]
It was quite curious that from that point onwards, I became more aware of this pattern that reproduced itself in numerous volunteering events. Generally speaking, Singapore’s volunteering culture deeply appeals to the individual’s ego. This can either mean that people perceive volunteering as something that reminds them of their fortunes, as an activity that value-adds to their portfolio, or as a commitment through which they can feel virtuous by having been part of a ‘greater’ cause. […]
Singapore is lauded for being a meritocratic society. There’s no doubt that efficiency, productivity, and stability are important goals for a society, and these things are most commonly seen in the quantifiable. You can measure GDP fluctuations. You can count the output of a machine, and the fuel consumption of an engine.
But in our pursuit of quantifiable merit, we, as a society, often push our children away from things with less tangible value—such as stories and storytelling. Before our children reach teenagehood, we push them away from reading for enjoyment, and towards reading textbooks. […]