Singaporean youngsters today are pragmatic, and this can put them at a disadvantage.
In an examination-oriented society, most students aim only for high grades to give them the most prestigious jobs.
They do not show much concern for world affairs or for helping the less-privileged in our society.
If youngsters continue to think this way, it will have a detrimental effect on the economy.
We will become less innovative and adaptive over time, and may not be able to cope with change, as we are not used to problem solving and are not passionate about learning new things.
Schools should provide a more conducive environment for students to develop an interest in world affairs.
Curriculum time can be set aside to allow students to think about social problems and come up with innovative solutions.
Chai Gien Lyn, 15, Secondary 3 student