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Ex-schoolteacher & RI alumna’s post illuminates the consequences of S’porean “meritocracy”

For this former teacher, studying at an elite school and teaching at a neighbourhood school made her realise just how problematic the message of meritocracy was. By Matthias Ang, Mothership October 4, 2018 Earlier this week, a video from CNA … Continue reading

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Hopes from Hong Lim: Disappointment could give way to delight

This article is a bit old (from late 2017), but I only just discovered it and think it is still very much worth sharing. One of the points that writer Jason Tan makes would probably be met with a firm … Continue reading

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Education arms race fuelling inequality; solution to improve income alongside access

By Sharanya Pillai, The Edge 4 June 2018 SINGAPORE: Part-time supermarket cashier Rozaini and her husband, who works as a driver, earn a combined income of S$2,000 a month. That money has to support them and their four children, aged … Continue reading

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Malaysia Finds an Unlikely Champion of Democracy: Its Ex-Strongman

By Hannah Beech and Richard C. Paddock The New York Times May 11, 2018 The story line is a familiar one these days: A populist strongman with a long record of racially divisive commentary prevails in the polls. But Mahathir … Continue reading

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H2 Economics vs General Paper: and why I’m taking the H2 Economics examination in 2018 — Mr Seah (dotcom!)

[W]hy do we study perfect markets, where firms are price takers? One reason is that they provide a useful approximation to the real world and give us many insights into how a market economy works. [. . .] Another is … Continue reading

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SOMEONE TELL TRUMP THE TRADE WAR IS OVER. CHINA WON

BY KEITH B. RICHBURG South China Morning Post Nine years ago it was car tyres followed by chicken feet. Now it’s washing machines and solar panels followed by sorghum. Aluminium and steel may soon be tossed in the mix. The … Continue reading

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Keeping Singapore’s economy dynamic despite nation’s demographic challenges

Some have advocated for zero net immigration and no increase in share of foreign workers in the workforce, while others argue that it is necessary to expand the labour force here to sustain economic growth. Yet, Singapore can achieve only … Continue reading

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