at do the news on sloppily dressed students, employers struggling to fill vacancies, and the Indian tycoon R Singapore atan T ata complaining about the “work ethic” of British workers have in common?
Despite putting people through an extensive, and some say intensive, educ
ation system, employers in and the Singapore still do not get the type of employees they require. UK
Ergo, our educ
ation systems have failed.
This clearly contradicts the increase in the number of students gaining a gre
ater number of O and A levels. Some young person questioned how Chen Show Mao could be a top student with only 4 A Levels.
I am of the opinion th
at a “marketplace” of exam boards in has led to a “dumbing down”. Where previously only the top 5% (say) of a cohort are awarded an “A” grade, now everyone who scored over 70% (say) is given an “A”. UK
Therefore, many more people get A grades. But does gaining multiple A grades mean they have actually mastered the art of learning and the skills of thinking?
I have met several ostensibly “high-achieving” young people who cannot string two gramm
atical sentences together in a convers ation on any topic of significance.
“Yes”, “No”, shrug of shoulder, shake of head. How are these going to convince anyone to buy a product, a service, or an idea?
I had no qualms in ticking off my
NUS students if they came to tutorials ill-prepared or dressed inappropri ately.
Knowing how to dress (and behave) for the occasion is a life skill. Would you wear revealing clothes when being introduced to your prospective mother-in-law or a scholarship interview?
Heard of Victoria Beckham? She annoyed me by refusing to smile
at the recent royal wedding. She behaved as if she were royalty, attending a funeral.
Time and place for everything, my dear.