Education Today

The Singapore Education System

Holistic Education wanted.  Well-rounded skills with strong character qualities required to succeed in the 21st century The Singapore public education system is widely recognized to be one of the best in the world. To prepare each child to be able to thrive in a future driven by globalization and technological advancement, the Ministry of Education (MOE) aims to develop in each child 21st century competencies so that he/she is  equipped with skills to navigate a fast-changing world.

Starting from primary school, the national curriculum, shown in the diagram below, aims to provide students with a strong foundation to excel in the real world – this includes developing language and numeracy skills, building character and nurturing sound values and good habits.

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The collective challenge we face as a nation is to prepare an entire generation for future jobs that do not yet exist. We need to ensure the demands of the future job market can be met while balancing the need for  individuals to be able to  choose and forge their own unique paths.

“It takes a village to raise a child”

“When parents, teachers and the community work together, we multiply our efforts to make every student an engaged learner.  We multiply the domains in which our children can find success… Indeed, we create new pathways to success.”

– Minister Heng Swee Keat, MOE Work Plan Seminar 2015

The Ministry of Education in Singapore is clear in flagging that parents and the community at large have an important part to play in a child’s education.  It very pro-actively engages parents, community resources and private education providers to supplement its efforts to build a world-class education system.

Indeed, while child development is a continuous process with a relatively predictable sequence, each child is unique and will require a  unique “course”. It would take the collective efforts of both the public and private sector to help ensure that a comprehensive suite of customized solutions can aim to meet the needs of all. Ironically, with the sheer volume of information, and the wide range of classes and service offerings available, many parents themselves start to be stressed out trying to give their child the best possible head-start.

 

The Flying Cape Solution: A Holistic Education Framework

 

The Flying Cape Holistic Education Framework seeks to help parents and students better understand the key elements of real-world success, and provide step by step guidance on how they can carve out their own unique path in that direction.

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A well-rounded child is one who has good character, does well academically and is socially adept. Such a child will grow up to achieve real world success, in the manner that best fits with his or her potential and interests.  Every parent hopes that they can raise such a healthy, happy and well-adjusted child.

Flying Cape’s Holistic Education Framework seeks to help parents and students understand the key dimensions of a well-rounded education: character, academics and handling the real world.

It also introduces the concepts of multipliers, so that for each layer, the child’s efforts and time spent on self-improvement become more fruitful.

Finally, we provide the tools and step-by-step guidance on how each child can forge his or her own unique path to success.

Using this framework as a rallying point, Flying Cape also seeks to to supply a greater range of quality content at value prices, to meet the needs of a wider cross-section of students.

The key foundation principles of the framework are as follows:

  1. There is a wide range of skills and knowledge that can be acquired in every dimension but not all skills need to be learnt to mastery to achieve real world success. Understanding this takes out the stress from formal education and enrichment classes, and increases a child’s ability to develop the skills needed to help him/her forge a successful path in the real world.
  2. Each child is unique and needs to find a learning and career path that suits him/ her the best. For maximum effectiveness, each child should continuously seek to understand his/her strengths, weaknesses, and areas of interests. There are many tools available for this purpose.
  3. A child learns best if taught in a manner that fits his/ her natural learning style, and each child should be empowered to pursue a path most suited to his/ her strengths and interests

Flying Cape’s Holistic Education Framework is in the diagram below:

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 This framework draws on, and is aligned with, the Singapore Ministry of Education’s 21st century core competency framework as well as academic research relating to child development. We identified 3 key dimensions: having a good character at the core, acquiring the necessary academic understanding/ qualifications and matching all these with complementary skill-sets which help students succeed in their chosen arena. It is when these are all present that a person’s best work is likely to emerge.

 

Each dimension can be learnt more effectively if their corresponding “Multipliers” are mastered

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Dimension 1: Building Character

Building a strong character/core consists of developing both Moral Character and Performance Character.

  • Moral Character refers to the ethical characteristics which are usually values driven. It defines “who you are when nobody is looking” and could include characteristics such as moral courage, integrity, fairness, gratitude and optimism.
  • Performance Character refers to the core behavioural characteristics that enhances success. These are commonly known as the “internal drivers towards success” and would include characteristics such as Self-Control/Awareness, Social Intelligence, Adaptability Quotient, Passion, Curiousity and Self-Confidence.

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Dimension 2: Taking in Knowledge, with Increased Effectiveness

This consists of 2 parts: Academics and Learning Multipliers.

  • Academics refer to knowledge that is imparted in school, which can also help a child develop numeracy, literacy and reasoning capabilities. In Singapore, this can include subjects such as English, Mother Tongue, Geography, History and Science.
  • Learning Multipliers refer to the tools that can be acquired in order to make future learning easier. This can include skills such as Speed Reading, Mental Arithmetic, Mind mapping, Critical Thinking and Time Management.

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Dimension 3: Translating knowledge and skills into success

Translating knowledge and skills into success can be done through the   Real World Launch Pad and Interaction Multipliers.

  • Flying Cape’s Real World Launchpad is a real-time eco-system, complete with tools and step-by-step guides to help a child better translate the skills and knowledge they have learnt into real world application. It provides insights into the world around, and should be explored by the child in a self-directed manner – having to choose for themselves is a part of the self-discovery and learning. There is also a focus on experiential learning, in areas such as Business Basics, Entrepreneurship, STEM, Financial Literacy and so on.
  • Interaction Multipliers are the boosters that help a child navigate the world better. These include social skills that can give a child a headstart when interacting in the real world, for example Public Speaking, Cultural Awareness, Team Management and Leadership Skills, Decision Management, Influencing and Negotiation Skills.

Note 1: The 2 parts within each dimension help to reinforce one another. For example, skills learnt in mind-mapping which is in the Learning Multipliers dimension helps to support the efforts needed to acquire knowledge in academic dimension and similarly the practice of mind-mapping during academic endeavors can help strengthen the mastery of mind mapping skills. Each inner layer also serves as an important foundation to support the development of its outer layers.

Note 2: the examples given above in relation to all the dimensions are non-exhaustive. Check out our All-you-can-Learn Buffet for classes you can attend!

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