Voices Of Youth

Applied learning a step forward

I am heartened to witness the beginnings of a transition within education, with more than 2,200 secondary school students signing up for applied learning subjects like robotics and drama (Strong take-up in secondary schools for hands-on subjects: MOE; May 30).

In recent years, there has been a flurry of activity in the Ministry of Education (MOE) to create more opportunities in applied learning, as opposed to making students simply sit in a classroom and listen to a speaker drone on and on.

Regardless of lesson content, students are unable to pay attention if they feel that what they are learning is not relevant in their daily lives, especially in this era of change and disruption.

So, I strongly support the new direction of the curriculum, where the so-called "21st century competencies" are now properly defined for students to learn.

Familiarising students with concepts such as innovation and disruption, and teaching them to deal with the changes in the right way are important.

Leroy Cheong Kai Thong, 15, Secondary 3 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Applied learning a step forward'. Print Edition | Subscribe