Education: Give late bloomers a chance

The system values early success. But research shows there are many types of intelligence. Children who develop more slowly deserve to be valued too.

Singapore's education system has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, which might lead one to question recent moves by the Government to modify policies, sometimes significantly. Why tinker with a system which does so well for so many so efficiently?

One reason the system is so good today is that the Government has put a great deal of thought into devising a system sufficiently flexible to accommodate the country's shifting needs and means.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2019, with the headline 'Education: Give late bloomers a chance'. Print Edition | Subscribe