What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

WHEN the island of Singapore became an independent country in 1965, it had few friends and even fewer natural resources. How did it become one of the world’s great trading and financial centres? The strategy, explained Lee Kuan Yew, its first prime minister, was “to develop Singapore’s only available natural resource: its people”. Today Singapore’s education system is considered the best in the world. The country consistently ranks at the top of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial test of 15-year-olds in dozens of countries, in…

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Five things Irish schools could learn from the Netherlands

Five things Irish schools could learn from the Netherlands

Margaret Kearns with her husband and four children in Amsterdam, where the family have lived for six years. Several recent reports have found that Dutch teens are among the happiest in the world, and having lived here for almost six years with my family, I have to concur. When we arrived here, we had no idea how it would unfold: moving abroad with a family and no social support, to a new culture, new language and new country. We thought we would stay for three to five years, travel and…

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#MondayMotivation: Learn How to Procrastinate From 3 Famous Writers

#MondayMotivation: Learn How to Procrastinate From 3 Famous Writers

If you’re a committed procrastinator, you’re probably also pretty good at making excuses. Missed trains, minor domestic crises, even the tried-and-true “the dog ate my homework” routine – they’re all pretty good for a delay, provided you don’t use them too often. After a while, people will wonder why the train works for them, but not for you … and how much it would cost to send your dog to obedience school on your behalf. Eventually, you’re going to need some new stories to tell the boss. (Photo Credit: kreg.steppe/Flickr)…

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Learn Photography with Camera Instructor’s Free Interactive Courses

Learn Photography with Camera Instructor’s Free Interactive Courses

Camera Instructor is a free web-based photography school that teaches you the fundamentals of photography through videos and interactive exercises. It’s taught by photographer and programmer Cody Meyer, and each lesson starts with an instructional video followed by mini exercises (using in-browser camera simulators) that test what you learned. There’s only one course available now, Photography 101—with 8 lessons covering the exposure triangle and shutter speed, but courses on portraits, landscapes, and weddings are in the works. Even with only 8 lessons so far, the site is a nice resource…

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