Meritocracy Part 3: Transforming Mindsets for a Meritocratic Singapore (GP Topics: Society, Inequality, Education, Singapore)

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This is a follow up piece to Part 2: Examining Inequalities in Education. Meritocracy, the secret sauce behind Singapore’s success, has been the nation’s go-to recipe for progress and prosperity. But as Singapore continues to blaze forward, it’s time to ask ourselves, “Are we serving up the same old dish, or can we add a pinch of something new?” Recognizing …

The Thai Monarchy: Relevance and Oppression (GP Topic: Politics, Society)

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Thailand, a country known for its incredible street food, stunning beaches, and the occasional sighting of an elephant strolling down the road, also boasts one of the oldest monarchies in the world. Yes, you heard it right, an actual monarchy! In a time when kingdoms seem more fitting for fairy tales than reality TV, the Thai monarchy stands tall, commanding …

Singapore’s Elected Presidency: Candidates and Issue of Democracy

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As Singapore’s Presidential Election looms on the horizon, the political landscape is abuzz with anticipation following Halimah Yacob’s announcement of her decision not to pursue another term. Emerging as the frontrunners are two distinct contenders who have captivated public attention with their accomplishments, goals, and unique characteristics. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, an esteemed ex-deputy prime minister, brings a wealth of experience and …

Meritocracy Part 2: Examining Inequalities in Education: Challenging Meritocracy in Singapore (GP Topics: Society, Inequality, Education, Singapore)

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This is a follow up piece to Part 1: Is it really the fault of meritocracy? Meritocracy, the darling principle of Singapore’s educational system, promises to reward individuals based on their abilities and efforts. However, upon closer inspection, we discover a few uninvited guests at this meritocratic party—inequalities. Brace yourselves as we embark on a journey to unravel the hidden …

Meritocracy Part 1: Is it really the fault of meritocracy? (GP Topics: Society, Inequality, Education, Singapore)

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Ah, meritocracy, the great buzzword of Singapore’s education system! But wait, is it the mastermind behind all the mischief in our unequal educational landscape? Let’s gather our magnifying glasses and delve into the hidden truths. Prepare yourselves for a thrilling investigation into the realm of privilege, opportunity, and the blame game. In his address to Parliament on April 19, 2023, …