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Learning from Singapore : The Power of Paradoxes (Hardcover) (Pak Tee Ng)
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Learning from Singapore tells the inside story of the country’s journey in transforming its education system from a struggling one to one that is hailed internationally as a successful system. It is a story, not of the glory of international test results, but of the hard work and tenacity of a few generations of policy makers, practitioners and teacher trainers. Despite its success, Singapore continues to reform its education system, and is willing to deal with difficult issues and challenges of change. Using Singapore’s experience, author Pak Tee Ng highlights how context and culture affect education policy formulation and implementation. Showing how difficult education reform can be when a system needs to negotiate between competing philosophies, significant trade-offs, or paradoxical positions, this book explores the successes and struggles of the Singapore system and examines its future direction and areas of tension. The book also explores how national education systems can be strengthened by embracing the creative tensions generated by paradoxes such as the co-existence of timely change and timeless constants, centralization and decentralization, meritocracy and compassion, and teaching less and learning more. Learning from Singapore brings to the world the learning from Singapore - what Singapore has learned from half a century of educational change – and encourages every education system to bring hope to and secure a future for the next generation.