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School’s Out: How Singapore Keeps University Reserved for the Elites

Convincing ourselves

Perhaps this is how Singaporeans have also convinced themselves to live, in their form of their “pragmatism” – that since they are powerless headless chickens running inside Animal Farm, they might as well bury their heads in the sand.

As Alan Chew commented on The Straits Times Facebook page (on a post about Ong’s latest remarks in parliament this week), he quoted George Carlin who said, “governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.”

To which, Terry Lim added: “[the] government [doesn’t] want an intelligent population because people who can think critically can’t be ruled.”

But as Cicely Song commented, if the government so believes that a university education is not important, “tell the [member of parliaments’] kids to study [in] ITE [and] [polytechnics] and [not to] advance further [because] they need to play a good and convincing [role] model to the nation.”

Editor: Edward White

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