Singapore’s 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

100 thoughts on “Singapore’s 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

  1. Great video! I love the way the teachers and students are engaged in what they are doing. There is truly a sense of professional collaboration and a desire for the teachers to engage the kids so that "real learning takes place." I would like to collaborate with teachers across the globe to see what they are doing in their classrooms. Please reach out if interested. I also have a blog that might be of some help for teachers looking for ideas on how to engage students. 

  2. School in Singapore is NOT FUN. Probably at least 75% of us (my own figures)  just want out of school every single day. Students don't feel satisfied and live day by day in a grey pall, with the prospect of high stakes test over one's head daily. Every day is filled with the need to study study study. 

    Technology is rarely used in class anyway except to flash powerpoint slides in front of people. We are expected to drill on past year papers and memorise everything. Going to the computer lab to do all this nifty IT stuff is usually done out of curriculum time or at best offered only as a special treat by teachers. 

    I can't speak for Ngee Ann Sec but what I am sure is that this is not a representative example of a typical Singaporean school. Even when teachers attempt progressive methods, I can testify that systemic pressures eventually force them to regress to rote teaching methods in order to ensure optimal examination performance.

  3. Are u kidding me? This method can't be succesful, the students will use this opportunity to watch HBO , facebook and other social media . The best education for this day is learning by doing not by the "computer"

  4. The big question is how to leverage best practices like this, social media, collaborative, open knowledge, fun, creative, practical,  (which are always changing) to all classes of population regardless of social status. Not everyone have to go to colleges to be successfully and we need to build top quality alternative and focus education resources in vocational areas and small business, and entrepreneurship.

    Thailand needs to use more social media and other tools to make education effective, fun, creative, engaging, interactive, and equal for all.

  5. I don't think this is how Singapore got to the top of the world rankings. Watch videos made by keithballard1 who shows that it's all about studying from books,involving long hours and tuition after school.

  6. Unfortunately i could not study in singapore in this birth. Hope i shall birth again and join this school.

  7. This is very much inspiring. I am working myself on these methods. I hope they will make kind of improvement in Morocco. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is a very good video, but I don't think this is how Singapore has become one of the top scoring countries on the PISA tests. Some (from what i've heard in the comments) people from Singapore students say that they have weekly tests and are always pushed by their parents to study all the time. Most of them suffer from stress, some may commit suicide, etc. Most people would go to school in Singapore because of friends. (Again, from what i've heard from students in Singapore).

    Many students from Singapore complain about the school system being very poor and that they would rather move to a western country and have schooling there.

    Also, they have very similar examination papers to the one in the UK. One of the papers is called GCE O Level (General Certifitcate of Secondary Education) these papers are marked by the University of Cambridge. GCE exams are very important in Singapore and I think you have to pass those exams in order to do higher education/further studies.

  9. very inspiring, I think the system of teaching in Indonesia will be like that, but I don't know when. I hope as fast as possible aminn

  10. This is all great and all. But how much would it cost for a school to implement something like this because it looks expensive / costly. How do governments in developing countries afford something like this as most third world countries are poor. Also most third world adult citizens are resistant to technology like this in the classroom for cultural and social reasons so how do you convince such people and government that they need style of teaching?

  11. does nobody remember that schools only show the good side when they are getting interviewred and such, schools probably barely use computers and they are using it now so that people will think that their school is good

  12. In Colombia it is impossible to have this tipe of education due to the fact that most students refuse to study, in Singapur students behave excellently , n the other hand colombia´s students behave badly

  13. Firstly the educators from this school have been empowered on the use of the ICT in the classroom. In the past the learning at this school was teacher-centered and yet they moved away from that. It is really true that learning really takes place where learners show interest . The learning in this school is now learner-centered. The teacher is no longer teaching but facilitating because the learners are the ones that are doing the tasks using technology. Learners are assisting each other. Learners are using the devises they have effectively unlike our learners who will watch uneducational videos when allowed to come with their own devices. Also i think the socio-economic background of these learners have a role to play.

  14. This video is really very cool ,and the education system is really should be in each of schools,collases,office and every where is very necessary like that , and it very good .

  15. They fool around on Second Life and ask each other for answers on Facebook? I feel like the older generation is so fascinated with this new age of communication they believe that being able to utilize this technology is education enough.

  16. As a public school teacher in the US, I would like to know, what do most people believe the end result of education is truly about? and then, how many countries due to their choice of economic structure and political environment actually utilize this education to further advance their society and economy to allow their citizens to benefit in a way that is tangible? Is being the #1 country in PISA scores translate to a country with better living standards and liberty or other living standards that are important to most human beings?

  17. It's not only the 21st century skills you have to teach the students, you also have to cater to what they like to do. All subjects should be equal and the academic subjects should not get any more periods than others. In my school, I only get 30 min of music lesson per week and we have to combine 3 classes so just having to meet up already takes up half the class time.

  18. How can I become such a teacher and engage my students? I have a syllabus which I'm obliged to teach.

  19. Some comments were made how schools in Singapore is NOT fun. I guess, there aren't many schools in the world that are fun. I mean who like mandatory attendance? But what am interested is, what about parents? How much is parents contribution to the already not fun school experience?

  20. From Philippines. Thank you for this short video.
    I agree that school should be fun and a way to making school a fun place to stay is through creating an environment where learners can engage. Though the use of technology and digital media, learning will be fun and interesting. Learners are always motivated to learn. When the kinds are motivated, learning takes place. If teachers will insist the traditional way of teaching, we will surely lose our kids in school.

  21. ALl i see is everyone complaining that this is "propaganda" and that not many schools are like this.
    That may be true, but at least give them credit for trying more creative teaching methods.

    As for people repeatedly complaining about Singapore putting too much stress on kids, WAKE UP please. If they can't cope with stress now, what will they do in the real world? The education system may be grueling, but it teaches students to work hard and cope with stress effectively. (FYI, some schools conduct lessons on managing stress.)

    Personally, I LOVE studying. Call me a nerd, but once you cover and learn all the topics, the satisfaction is UNBELIEVABLE.

  22. Good. This is how kids will know the correct use of technology. They will also know about the judicious use of technology. It even good because this school is only for teenagers or 13+ kids. It is the age where technology is good. Good, keep it up.

  23. It's interesting to read the public comments. Singapore schools must be using this to some degree…societies need to keep up with job opportunities to support this technology.

  24. Singapore's education system is good but definitely not great. It is good in the sense that it ensures almost everyone gets a basic competency in the areas of languages, sciences and the humanities. But beyond that, there is always this lack of purpose even when students are allowed to branch into their desired fields (business, engineering etc) at the later stages. There seems to be this huge gap between possessing knowledge and actually making use of it.

    For me, my secondary and junior college school days were all about memorizing stuff and doing problem solving with the teachers just spoon feeding us subject after subject, topic after topic. And so I'm actually glad that at university the learning is more collaborative in nature and that we are left to fend for ourselves.

    On whether Singaporean education is fun, I think it's just a state of mind. Those who hate schooling will probably hate work and life as well. There's no meaning in education (at least for me) but I kinda like work because I can derive some meaning from it.

    Peace out.

    – A 22 year old wondering why he is still schooling.

  25. I'm hoping that my country (PHILIPPINES) will improve also specially in terms of education. As a newly hired teacher, I have many dreams for my pupils despite of all the hindrances like lack of classrooms, low salary, too many reports, lack of support from our government, incompetent admins, and corrupt officials…..I want to provide quality education for my pupils…………

  26. Technology is just a tool for assisting learning, not one that is used for the creation of engaged learning. Technology can have a variety of meaning in today’s context.

  27. At least in Singapore is not strict is good to work with technology and work hard , and it can make it very easy to agree and develop , and that’s why Singapore so developed !

  28. To whom it may concern

    İ am Şahin Çevik from Turkey. İ am a homeroom teacher who travels all around the world for education. i am wiriting to you on behalf of our team which consist of fifteen teachers. We are planning to be at Singapore next summer. We would like to visit your school to watch Singapore's educational system. We could share our educational experiences with Turkish educators community. We have planned to visit your school at July 17-22'th .we want to visit your country and your schools especially to understand the success of public schools.

    İt would be nice of you. İf you could inform us the availability of the school

    Ps: You can visit my blog at

    Best Regards
    Şahin Çevik

  29. Could anyone please tell me more about that amazing tool by which students can ask questions in the same time through tweets?

  30. Is use of technology equivalent to watching a movie or playing a game?
    If so, then what’s the focus? The visual-auditory real-time content, or the psychomotor skills or the discovery of application or the simulation of real-world experience?

  31. What do you think about Finland's education system? Are they successfully in educating the next generation?

    *sorry for my bad grammar

  32. i can see passion in teaching kids to something in interesting and convenient way in teacher’s eyes, not just say something they can read in the books and get out of the school earlier..

  33. Singapore schools stressed my kids out. There was no holistic development. Yeah they do this and that but its overloading a child and they are stressed out!!!!! My kids are happier and studied better and are more confident now having moved out to India. I am glad I did it!!

  34. How much ever good the technology is, pen and paper must not be discarded since it makes a student more efficient than getting ready made notes.

  35. Not so effective way of teaching. Because you are not employing the leveraged technology into the real life. Your intent is to utilize the technology i.e. just one sided.

  36. There has to be a balance between technology and good old fashioned paper and pen. So many studies have emphasized the negative impacts of longterm computer/device usage. We don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I still appreciate Maria Montessori's strategies for learning although they were developed more than a 100 years ago. From infancy, fuel a child's innate desire for learning. It's the push for grades and achievement that causes undue stress which ultimately kills the joy of learning. Think about why you love learning as an adult and then, use that to inspire your classroom.

  37. In near future, routine jobs, even engineering works are to be done by robots with AI. Human work is more and more geared towards creativity and invention. Heavy homework will deter both. Will not be good to economy in the long term. A relaxed learning environment with fun in the learning process is crucial. After suitable induction, secondary school kids can learn things by themselves not following the criiculum. That is to be encouraged.
    Previously I applied to Nee An Polytech twice. The first time I was 23 years old after my Bachelor Degree. The Polytech came to HK and asked for an interview, which I only appeared briefly and told the person that I got another job. The second time I was 40 years old. I was in Singapore looking for an alternate job while I was working uncomfortable in another company. The person interviewed me said that I talked like I misunderstood Ngee An Polytech as something like MIT and therefore rejected my application.

  38. I remembered in my school here in our country, we use media and technology such as laptops, computers, PowerPoint presentations, phones, and the Internet, but not all of the time, because not all of the students are wealthy enough to afford to have those personal technologies, and not everybody are used on using them. We also still use pen and paper, and our teacher also use black board with chalk or white board with white board pen, but I also remembered that instead of copying lectures from the board onto paper or notebook, some of my classmates will just take a picture of the lessons on the board, post it in Facebook, and then we (the class) will just download it from the Internet for our own use. Some of our lectures/lessons also are posted in Facebook or sent to us through Gmail. In the end, we still do write down our lessons and lectures, because aside form technological literacy, communication through handwriting is still an important skill. Also, we get to develop our penmanship and my teachers and some of my classmates admire a good, clear, and well-written writing with good penmanship. Still, not all schools do that in my country. Most schools are still poor, without access to ICT and technologies, and without access even to good classroom facilities and electricity. Most don't have access to quality education, have less teachers, no 1:1 computer ratios, some don't have computers at all, and most are having a class of 50 to 80 students in a classroom due to lack of classrooms and teachers instead of the standard 35-40 students for 1 teacher. Teachers aren't also all competitive and engaging, and some aren't teaching students well, aren't teaching on time and on intended schedule, aren't planning the method of teaching for a lesson well, are too busy with other school programs and heavy requirements of the Education Department, some treat high school students as college students in their style of teaching and aren't very engaging and inspiring, some don't teach and don't take the competencies and lessons seriously, and some teachers are either so strict or so boring. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my schooling time. I had a lot of fun doing short films, participating in role plays, doing interviews and reports, creating classroom musicals, designing artworks, traveling to do short films and documentaries, doing creative stuffs, joining school activities and programs, and being inspired from some of my great teachers .We also give focus and emphasis on the arts and to sports or games, and other extra-curricular activities and intelligences. Our schools aren't always focused on academics but also into building character, values, unique skills, and talents. Our school aren't also focused on tests too much but more on entrepreneurship, having skills and real-life experiences and applications, doing simulations and having immersions, conducting engagements with community, and more time for building friendships, companionship, and to also have fun. Everything just starts to change during college, where it gets a little to more hectic and so serious with less fun time.

  39. Access to tools and having access to great teaching are two different things. Singaporean Teachers to me are one the hardest working in the business of education. in my opinion also amongst the most technically knowledgeable- although, not all apply their technical knowledge about teaching. The Teachers here similar to those in Finland – very highly educated, and they are in my opinion a big part of the strength of the Singapore Education system. A lot of people talk about PISA scores as if they are the holy grail gold standard of quality education. I highly doubt that, because America with their Harvard and Yales and Israel with their TOP notched Scientists tell me maybe we’re not really understanding what the PISA scores mean.i personally, would not bank on the PISA tests to determine the quality of Singaporean schools. The Pisa test scores can indicate a lot of things, it can positively correlate to high suicide rates amongst students and stress levels…. i mean…look at the top 6 countries.. Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China.. Singapore… countries where student suicide as a result of academic stress is a norm. Therefore, we may need to look into other measures of education where we still have sound pedagogy, engaged students, a strong teacher community and very productive outcomes and at the same time sound mental health support systems for the students and Teachers (it’s quite common in Singapore for Teachers to seek medical help from the Institute of Mental Health). We’ve done pretty good in terms of ensuring kids are healthy and physically active and yet have strong academic supports, but we’ve failed them in terms of their social emotional and character education. I also feel that it wouldn’t be fair to expect Singaporean Teachers who are a product of the same system to be able to lead and guide students in these 3 areas on TOP of academics and etc. Therefore the ministry may need to think wisely instead of just mechanically producing curriculums based on scientifically evident papers.. and coming up with rubrics that have very little meaning in real life. And I am certain given the way Singapore is, something will be done to prevent studies related suicide. I am certain we will like we have many times overcome the odds and come up with something ingenious and of extremely high quality. We just need to care enough about our children and help them carve out a way that is better than our own. Our children are no longer part of the post-industrial stage.. they are the future.. and we owe it to them, because we are relying on them to bring our country forward. Not crumble at every challenge, hoping for a model answer for them to memorise for an exam that is almost a replica of an assessment book.

  40. My personal opinion off course I think pen & pencil is the bset tool's for the children to sharpen their creative skills. modern technology is good but not for all the subjects .It's true new generation gives more interested to work with technology. 2nd thing is that all the school's willl not able to provide this facility . hope for a better future .🖒 tracher Sri L

  41. I think education is far beyound schools it is not only constrain to this only spirituality and the way we are discussing the matter is important . And mostly we think about basic education to all people in country .and there many many .complex to understand how education is so diversified as it is the world of struggle and environment have play role to shape our life. It is gigantic ho ho. I thought there would be anotber place world where everyone everything os perfect perfect

  42. Excess time spent with computers and smartphones doesn’t mean an improvement in education . The old methods have their inherent value and time tested.

  43. Very nice video though this strategy is not applicable in all aspect of teaching. Not all the things can be taught using ict. Humane Teacher is the greatest teacher more than any other teaching strategies. Going back to the basic as the foundation of teaching while using this materials accordingly. Students must enjoy all through out the learning process. 🙂

  44. Singaporean education isn’t fun but it’s informative if you really try, but it isn’t really nice. It’s like having fun in a strict environment

  45. i'm think about the tecnologie, i'm teacher of maths on chile i come from other country and i try to teach whit Singapur Mode "Mastery approach", but is to hard because is normal for the kind play whit social media lik facebook, instagram, twitter and this is a Distraction for all, the tecnology is a good friend but too is my enemi, i'm try to make a change in mi School, changing the Chip of the brain of the kids and making new rules to apply the singapore method, if any have some to talk me for help me, here i'm !! Greetings

  46. Why not add the family factor? Their education? How is this not talked about. It's odd that when education is discussed family environments seems to be the main culprit, in a negative assessment while when it's a positive evaluation of education teachers and the school system are to be praised. 🤔

  47. The video is really amazing and I as a teacher can learn so many things from it. But also it got me thinking that, only engaging students with technology or having ICT integrated in classroom enough to teach students in 21st century?

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