I’ll be the first person to tell you that you can’t expect MOE teachers to teach kids everything. Asking why your kid can’t tie his shoelaces or isn’t a stock investing wizard by the time he takes the PSLE says more about you than the teachers who slave away to grade his and 200 other kids’ homework each weekend.
But it’s a little peculiar that armies of students graduate from secondary schools and JCs each year with the very same mindsets. Those who’ve done well enough to get into a prestigious university course display a complacent confidence that they’ll get a well-paying job when they graduate, while those doomed to enrol in less cushy courses or, worse, ITE assume they’re doomed to poverty.
While teachers and parents might not be explicitly planting these notions in students’ heads, there are some ideas that are nonetheless making their way into students’ minds. Here are three things they should be taught instead.