Monday, May 16, 2016

Future of Uni education here

If you are willing to give up on the status value of the university degree this is a good thing. Ong Ye Kung assumes people will get to pursue their aspirations under this developing system. That is not going to happen. There will always be a few courses which are highly sought after and will have to be rationed. You can try to open as many places as possible but you can't do that without keeping an eye on demand. Right now too many people want to bake and no that many want to eat the baking. During my sister's time everyone wanted to start a magazine and nearly all of them lost money.

Few people really know what they want and they end up pursuing fads and whatever pay the best.

Looking ahead you can see how primary school education will change as they move away from T-scoring the kids. Don't look from the beginning to see the end but imagine what the starting point is like by starting with the end product.

If this system succeeds we will become less Chinese/Asian as it is merit based and hierarchy destroying. Everyone is to be respected for his area of expertise and it is impossible to compare an apple to an orange except among the same sort of fruit. I welcome this more egalitarian outcome.

Tomorrow everyone will be a graduate in his own way. Everyone will also go beyond that because his or her knowledge and skill set has to be updated and refreshed all the time. I only hope the workplace would be more conducive than stressful. This is keeping things simple but in real life there are other forces that try to pull this in different directions. People still envy each other and have this inherent need to look better than others. The urge to differentiate and rise above others will always be there but it is up to us to socially discourage that and you have to nip it in the bud taking advantage of this wave of change that is coming.


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