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On Friday, the 3rd of July 2015, the Early Childhood Development Agency (or ECDA) uploaded their proposed Early Childhood Development Centres Bill onto the Reach Singapore website, one day after a fairly noisy briefing session for early childhood providers in the Nexus auditorium at Cuppage Plaza. https://www.reach.gov.sg/ There had been rumblings of the new legislation […]
Dear Sirs, I had a very interesting encounter with two of your officers yesterday. I say “interesting” as a euphemism of sorts because the excitement from the meeting did not abate and allow me to sleep well last night. I had seriously and sincerely thought that we had made some progress as a nation to be […]
One of the more disturbing problems with measuring was that over time, the dimensions of comparison became finer and all-the-more minute, where even a difference of eleven decimal points became necessary to distinguish and distribute the islanders between the fringe and dome schools. There were those who were tall, but just not tall enough. And […]
But the Great UnBiddable was not to be undone. Especially not when a few of his UnderBiddables were eager to remind him that the island was now theirs, all theirs. Is this not what we have been working so hard to regain? they asked. We are free! We answer to no one! Come and feel […]
Once upon a time, in a balmy village on a small tropical island not far from the ocean core, there lived a group of people called the Biddables. The Biddables were descendants of a group of simple fisherfolk and vegetable farmers who had been on the island since the very beginning of time. They were […]
In 1995, some 20 years ago, a comprehensive study of cultural, linguistic and racial diversity in early childhood education was conducted in Canada (Bernhard, Lefebvre, Chud & Lange, 1995). The study included 199 teachers in the three cities of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, plus many families and 78 faculty from three provinces. The study found […]
Not everyone knows how or why I started to teach, just close friends, but the consistent problems Wee Care has faced in cultivating a strong team of early childhood educators over the years has brought me, time and again, to recall the moment when I felt working with young children was going to be right […]
One of the problems with the way meritocracy is applied in the Singapore context is what happens in daily classroom life as a result. In the last newsletter, I outlined how even supposedly “holistic” ventures such as projects and extra-curricular activities in Singapore schools are platforms for performativity (to borrow Professor Stephen’s Ball’s term for […]
It is difficult to write about meritocracy, especially when one has benefited from a system that extols the virtues of hard work, effort, diligence and that certain amount and kind of intellect that gets rewarded in school. It is even more difficult to imagine anything else. Surely, identifying individuals by merit is society’s fairest way […]