When poor children in school don't dream big

It's important to raise the aspirations of students, so they dream big and aim to achieve, regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds

Recent debates in Parliament and outside have delved into the issue of inequality in Singapore's education system.

While most of the concern has been on how to better help students from less advantaged families "level-up" academically, less attention has been given to how to help them in other ways. For example, efforts to raise their educational aspirations may also be important.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'When poor children in school don't dream big'. Print Edition | Subscribe