Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The roles of a liberal arts education in Singapore...

I don't think Singapore is a breeding ground for creativity, I feel most Singaporeans are slow to follow trends and are not really keen to try new things, unless it has some form of "status symbol" attached.

I know of a lot of people who attend plays and concerts at the Esplanade, not because its interesting, but rather, its expensive, and they may meet other rich people, or they have bragging rights.

I also have a special contempt for a lot of Singaporeans who look down on local artists and local brands, and believing that everything from Japan or Europe is cool.

There is a strong role that liberal arts play in every society, however Singapore is a society that places great emphasis on economic development and industrial growth. People have come to see the pursuit of knowledge increasingly as instrumental pursuits of power, in the form of discovering "facts" and concluding "results".

Often, social sciences and humanities are seen as "poor choices" of subjects in schools, that only those that cannot grasp maths and science would have to go to.

I guess it is easy to forget what it's like to be human in this highly elitist society where the most of public are usually considered "lesser gods"

--Iron Bowl

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