The patriot

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce and brave man, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” –Mark Twain

Stop at Two

“We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two… We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large numberContinue reading “Stop at Two”

It’s Abe Lincoln! No, it’s Bertrand Russell! No…it’s…it’s…LKY?

“Let us get down to fundamentals. Is this an open, or is this a closed society? Is it a society where men can preach ideas – novel, unorthodox, heresies, to established churches and established governments – where there is a constant contest for men’s hearts and minds on the basis of what is right, ofContinue reading “It’s Abe Lincoln! No, it’s Bertrand Russell! No…it’s…it’s…LKY?”

What a difference 40 years makes

“Repression can only go up to a point. When it becomes too acute, the instruments of repression, namely the army and the police, have been proved time and time again in history to have turned their guns on their masters.” – Opposition leader Lee Kuan Yew, Straits Times, May 5, 1959

School Streaming Should Not Exist in the First Place

To an outsider looking in, Singapore is a country of smart people. According to the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, the country’s primary four and secondary two students led the world in mathematics and science scores. But apart from the performance at standardized tests, there is a vast difference between the educationalContinue reading “School Streaming Should Not Exist in the First Place”