Today, MOE announced that from 2019 onwards, P1 and P2 students will no longer have any form of weighted assessment and exams. Meanwhile, P3 and P5 students will not be having SA1 exams after 2020.
In 2016, a random sample of 5,000 students in Singapore topped the global PISA scores for English, Mathematics and Science. The 3 yearly PISA tests are designed by OECD. More than 60 countries around the world participate in the study. 15 year olds across the globe are tested to gauge how well they apply their knowledge to solve problems. In other words, PISA tests students on their critical thinking skills.
Each and every one of us knows of someone who was an excellent student in school but who somehow did not go on to fulfill this potential beyond school. The popular belief is that these stellar students find it hard to cope with working life because they do not have the street smarts to navigate the unpredictable roads of real life.
As the world surges forward, educators around the world struggle to match their own skills with the increasing pace at which children are embracing technology. Parents and schools realise that this new generation of children will have to be smarter, sharper and quicker than generations before them. As social media and web communities continue to connect people in an unprecedented manner, highly intelligent people become even more highly sought after.
Creativity. All over the world, from the boardrooms of multinational corporations to Ivy League colleges, creative intelligence is seen to be the key driver of innovation and growth. What does it really mean to be creative? Does a creative mind contribute more than a cognitive mind? What are the differences between these two kinds of intelligence?