Citizenship

Context, Interests, and Unintended Consequences: Lenses for Seeing, Comprehending and Engaging with the World

"The White Paper on Population created quite a firestorm when it was released in 2013. Many critiques were launched against it – ranging from big and obvious worries about the sheer number of people who are expected to live in this small city; to complaints about where these people would come from; to very nitty-gritty critiques about the details and tone of the White Paper – right down to how nurses are referred to as low-skilled workers in the footnotes."

The Beacon of Civic Conduct? Teaching Character and Citizenship Education in Singapore

"The purpose of this short opinion piece is to impress upon readers that while the teaching and learning of good character and citizenry is noble (with clear desired outcomes) as highlighted by Mr. Heng , the instruction of intrinsic “good-ness” in the classroom ignites an age old question in academic discourse – who or what should be the “beacon” of civic conduct? Given the width and breadth of a topic that has failed to reach a common consensus amongst educators and policy makers on the teaching and learning of Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), this article will limit its discussion to the following issues: 1.) the role of educators in CCE; 2.) stakeholders and their relationship with CCE; 3.) challenges educators might face when tasked to conduct CCE lessons."

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An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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