There are many things I know squat about. Like Romantic Love. Like Goddess Housekeeping. Like how to stay married beyond the 7-year itch. Like how to travel on a shoestring budget. Or how to make an omelet in a ziplock bag while travelling by van without a stove. Or simply color-coordinating my clothes. (My principle for getting dressed is : (1) Is it clean? (2) Does it fit? (3) The more colors the better.)
Let’s cut to the chase. This is a post that gives me one of those, “I Told You So” moments.
I don’t usually read Malaysia MSM (mainstream media) but today I decided to buy the papers. On page 35 of the Nation section of The Star I saw an article that got me excited to post about : Slowing the Paper Chase.
The article begins with :
IN THE face of a changed labour market, Singapore may have decided to keep the local university population from increasing beyond current levels. The more cautious approach to higher education emerged from private talks that a senior education ministry official had with a US diplomat several years ago, according to WikiLeaks.
Key words : several years ago.
Continue reading “Slowing the Paper Chase.”
Went to sleep with some questions : Just how off tangent am I from the goals and purpose I had set out about teaching? Am I asking the right questions? If I had the right thought 1-2 years ago, how much of that belief would still be relevant in the context of the rapid change and increased channels those change have brought to amplify or execute that thought?
In trying to put it in words the contents of a fuzzy dream that seemed to stretch hours: You are standing at the leading edge of thought. It is true because you wonder;you will be the generation that witnesses the crossover to the intergalactic civilization. You are the last of the analogue/atom age. Choose your battles and efforts not from the perspective of what’s gone wrong but what needs to be.
Continue reading “How are analogue teachers preparing their students for a digital future?”
“We, the last of the 20th Century”
……….is the first part of a story I’m writing to try and make sense of a world where parents and teachers don’t listen to and trust the people who will shape the next generation. Their actions will cause millions of young people born between 1988 and 2005 to fall into the lower end of the M-society first proposed by Japanese business strategist and writer Kenichi Ohmae in 2006.
We are the last generation of teachers and parents of the 20th century. Most of us were born between 1955 and 1975 here in Asia. During that time Asia was still reeling from the shackles of their colonial masters and the domain at the heart of our economy was agriculture. We were born right after World War II and never quite understood how history happened; we just knew we were living in a world where everyone was racing to build, build and build and there was this hunger to acquire things, more things, improve our status in life. Continue reading “We, the last of the 20th century parents and teachers.”
Let me tell you what I’m up to. As some of you might know, I have been trying to bring world-class English language learning into our classrooms hoping to prepare learners for the 21st Century. In the past 2 years, I have been running my own Incubator Language Center to experiment with how Chinese-speakers improve the best. I have come up with very useful information and experience to help EVERYONE succeed. I have found an approach which GUARANTEES success in learning.
Continue reading “A message to my students.”
Today, while explaining a list of verbs that go together, we came across the pair “Buy & Sell”. I asked my adult students for examples of a place we can go to “Buy & Sell” and we came up with only one, “the sharemarket”. That was until I evolved the discussion in talking about the online phenomenon of buying and selling, i.e. ebay and amazon.
Continue reading “Do they know?”