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Singapore's Education System: Myth and/King, Rodney/Paper/0977556727/S001-B
Does Singapore have a world-class education system? Its top rankings in the PISA and TIMSS student achievement tests certainly suggest so. Such results and much foreign praise have given Singapore a global reputation for education excellence. Many in the education field believe Singapore provides an education model for the world. Others would disagree.
Singapore's Education System: Myth and Reality probes the city-state's claims to educational excellence. It questions the accuracy of the PISA and TIMSS tests and considers how well Singapore's elitist pressure-cooker education system serves the national interest. How well does this system advance the country's founding principles of meritocracy and equality of opportunity? The book also compares the scholastic performance of Singapore and Finland, another high-regarded education super-star. It shows how both countries are pawns in a global contest between the corporate-driven education reform movement and those who oppose it.
The book concludes by assessing Singapore's Boston-of-the-East ambitions and its strategy to become a world education hub by attracting foreign universities, academics and students. Questions of academic freedom are considered. The controversial decision by Yale to establish a college with the National University of Singapore is also discussed.
"In this book Rodney King provides a systematic analysis of one of the world's most high-rated education systems. He delivers a devastating critique of Singapore government policy covering all levels of education in Singapore - primary, secondary and tertiary. The book is well-researched and makes for engrossing reading." - Professor Ian Kerr (Curtin Business School, Curtin University) and former Pro Vice-Chancellor Curtin Sarawak.
"King's critical probe of Singapore's education system is timely and comprehensive. As praise from outside Singapore for this system grows, scrutiny of its political and ideological dimensions becomes more important. King's volume provides just that." - Garry Rodan, Professor of Politics & International Studies, Murdoch University.
"I am glad to have read King's book. So many scholars have analysed the Singapore education system and uncovered anomalies and flaws, but until now no one has attempted to draw these threads together in one volume and present it as a holistic, comprehensive critique. This book is a magnificent attempt at accomplishing this herculean task and deserves a wide readership." - Associate Professor Michael Barr, School of History and International Relations, Flinders University.