Sunday, March 09, 2014

Learn how to learn for life

A German lady who has lived in Singapore for more than 30 years, once told me about her education in Germany. 
She attended a gymnasium, which is for the academically inclined. Most of the graduates go to university and proceed to academia. She did not pursue that route.
When she graduated from the gymnasium, the principal told her - the gymnasium teaches her the skill of learning on her own after graduation. The education is not about learning and remembering content.
How true. She came to Asia and was able to adapt to the new environment. She learned the language and culture of Asia, married a Singaporean and adapted a new way of life.
It will be nice for our education system to give this type of thinking and learning skill to our students, and not to be remembering content.

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