With the recent release of the GCE A’level results, there has been a mildly retarded furore here over the “proper” reaction a student should have when receiving his result slip. In the “New Paper” (Singapore’s government-controlled answer to the Sun or Daily Express), there was a report entitled “Embarrassing to get just 4As”. This two page article described how students in Singapore’s top junior college showed little or no joy in receiving near-perfect grades.

Damn, we all know the ulterior motive of such articles is to bait public reaction, especially the non-thinking sheep who’ll go all “oh yeah oh yeah these nerds got no life. Sch sux its no about grades!” or “These students should be satisfied” and all that. Since I’m really free and Riuva really has not had a proper opinion-based entry in ages, I shall indulge myself in some flaming.

The article is so flawed that it does not take more than an average mind to realise this. For the convenience of those who did not (thank Buddha and friend Jesus for your good luck) read the article, I shall reproduce one of the early paragraphs here, followed by my own thoughts.

The frowning student, who declined to give her name, had a clean sweep of As: 4As, A1 for GP, two distinctions and one merit for her Special Papers. Yet her results, which would possibly make students from some other JCs scream with joy, left her sulking.

Let me explain the system here first. At the end of secondary school, an average student can either go to a Junior College, at which he takes his A levels, or a polytechnic where he will get a diploma in a specialized course. The only point of A levels is to get into good universities. Otherwise, an A level cert is damn near useless when it comes to a career. While there are massive changes in the system now, this year’s batch still took Special Papers on top of their four subjects. Special papers are additional examinations, which students can opt to take if they do well in the corresponding subject. These S papers are far more difficult than their root subject and are only for one sole purpose – to apply for scholarships.

In Raffles Junior College, the said top school, a good student takes two S papers. A super student, a tiny handful, takes 3 S papers. Technically, NOBODY needs 3 S papers because there is never a requirement for that ever. It’s all about EPENIS. Or rather, GRADE-PENIS.

Now that you get the idea, I shall state the main point. S papers are optional and so if one chooses to take them and spends hundreds of hours studying for them, and yet did not get a grade worthy of it being considered for scholarship application, that S paper is rendered useless. So the above girl (who I will bet 2000 dollars that she’s a big nerd) has enough reason to be annoyed. Ignore the fact that she already has two distinctions, she still put in the effort to get a third one and did not succeed. Does that not give her a reason to be unhappy?

Let us look at this in another light. I prepare a Valentine’s Day meal for my beloved wife, spending hours learning, practicing, memorizing the recipes, getting the ingredients. I set out to make a three course meal, perhaps, Cream of Chicken soup, a nice tenderloin and a mango pudding. BUT I FUCKED UP THE MANGO PUDDING AND IT GREW PENISES AND BECAME INEDIBLE. So I now have two nice dishes. Would I be happy? NOT AT ALL BECAUSE MY MANGO PUDDING NOW HAS PENISES. I love my analogy.

I hate it when people do not understand how expectations can affect overall satisfaction. If I think I can get 4As and do not, I will be pissed. But some people seriously expect me to be happy and all smiles if I get 3As and 1 C, just because most of the human population on this little island did not manage to achieve that. This is bullshit. Why not let’s all pat ourselves on the back and circle jerk in standardized mediocrity and ignore this meritocracy nonsense?

The idea is, if we want our youngsters to be self-driven, able and intelligent, we should not be putting them down when they self-reflect and feel that they have not done well enough. We should not be saying, “Hey fuck you, you did good enough, look at that other guy who got shit grades.” The concept of “good enough” is just delusion for people who are not self-motivated to excel. Let’s not infect others with such laziness please.

There is only “good” and “can be better”. If some person from Serangoon JC did his best and feels his 2As was “good”, then yay, there is no problem in that. We are all happy for him. What I do not accept is people taking a high achiever’s dissatisfaction with imperfection and equating it with selfish greed. Look, a main reason why they are high achievers is because of the never-ending desire to do better and improve. Why fault them for it? Do we want all our youngsters to hang, do ok and decide that “it’s enough”?

The Great Emperor of Singapore, who founded the nation, Sir Lee Kuan Yew. If he was a “awww I think Singapore is good enough” person, would he have put in such great efforts into making this place world-class city? The people at the top of society will always be the never-satisfied, ones who have great desire and the ability to follow through in achieving those desires. And then moving onto new ones. Are we going to trust the leadership of any organization to a “I did enough” person?

You see, that is the difference between a Raffles JC and any other school. It may sound snobbish and arrogant, but it’s the truth that this school is the WORLD’s top contributor to Ivy League and other premier universities worldwide. And why is that? The teachers pretty much do nothing, seriously. The students themselves work the magic, by being focused and motivated to self-learn.

So the point is, why slam students who work hard and are pretty much models which others can look for examples of academic, sporting and behavioral excellence?

Actually, I lie. There is a small group of bad eggs who are selfish, interested only in having a large academic penis and spoil the good name of the school. And ALL newspapers just love to interview these people because they serve up good quotes to sell newspapers with.

That’s the whole point isn’t it? Well, we can’t expect much from the publication (oops I almost said newspaper) that brought us the ground-breaking earth-shaking HEADLINE FRONT PAGE news of “9 year old girl pregnant!!”, which was a full two page report on how one Indian guy told the reporter, “I know a girl who got pregnant at 9 but I can’t tell you anything more than that and have utterly no evidence to support this claim but hell let’s put it on the front page since sex sells.” LOL.

While I’m at it, YOUR “FAMED” SPORTS SECTION SUCKS. All your football writers are clueless, witless and blind sheep. And OMG I GOT BAITED AND SPENT HALF AN HOUR talking about a tabloid article. Pwned.

And one final thing. If I get good grades and my friends don’t, is it right for me to dance around and cheer happily, or is it more proper to remain restrained and composed? I suppose for the writers of the “news” article, people who look poker-faced (in solemn consideration of their fallen peers) are evil and greedy while the joyous celebrators who have utter disregard for the plight of their friends are to be lauded.

By now you’ve probably realised that quite a few of your familiar bloggers are from this (in)famous school. We have myself, Darkmirage, Kwok, Zer0, WhaiWhai and possibly a few others I’ve never asked.

Ok here’s the best part - I shall enlighten all with my good advice. Ensure that you choose your path and not let the path choose you. Academic grades are not everything but they empower you to choose the school, course and hence have a direct effect on your life. Do what you can to let yourself hold the choices, and that includes having good social skills, good physical appearance and other non-academic factors. Obviously life isn’t simple enough, like Final Fantasy Tactics, where you can just train and level up and get the skills to beat the final boss. But real-life grinding does help the probabilities of success.

Doing well lets you pick your course, so you can choose to do what you like rather than what lets you do them. For example, if I love English, I would try to do well so I can major in English at some university, rather than failing and then begging for some random course which totally does not interest me.

Do not indulge in stupid acts like crime and do try to cover your bases before doing anything risky. I see the importance of risk taking but make that calculated risk-taking, not gung-ho hope-for-the-best charges.

And my definition of “doing well” isn’t restricted to school. It covers everything, from practicing the cello, to slaying vampires. If you train everyday, gaining good skills like throwing holy water accurately and swift stake stabbing, you will kill vampires better. Naturally, if you don’t, the vampire will kill you.

So let us all watch anime and masturbate. Twice a day. Together with our moms. (this is the cooler way of saying Rant over).

29 Responses to “OMFG: Riuva Gets Serious in the Discussion of Education and Life!”  

  1. 1 DrmChsr0 95 comments

    LOL @ Mango Pudding example.

    ALso, what’s the point of your article? That mango puddings have a 0.0000000000000000000001% chance of sprouting 3 penises and becoming inedible and offensive?

    Actually, LKY was one of them. Then the big split happened. After that, he was forced to reshape his thinking in under 24 hours because honestly, let’s face it, we have very little to offer in terms of resources and trade won’t sustain us forever. And since we are surrounded by countries who, should they put their collective wits together and resolve all their differences, could, should, would and will be able to destabilize us. No joke here.

    My opinion? I don’t give a flying farnickle. AKA I don’t care. Their results, their loss. All I can do is Brightslap them and tell them to grow balls. Well, if I could do anything. I already did my good deed for this country.

  2. 2 Gary Ee 23 comments

    Argh, that remark about a few bad eggs brought back memories about Wee Shu Min and her MP father who really riled quite a few people not so long ago. Now back on topic.

    TNP admits its a tabloid and on a slow news day, why not stand on a soap box and pontificate? How much are you willing to bet that if the 4A people had been carousing out of joy, a sob-story about those who “didn’t make it” would have appeared in the paper?

    Han has several very good points but it all boils down to this: water will find its own level. What makes you satisfied is not getting stellar grades or trumping the competition. Its all about having done your best and attained what was a realistic goal for you. Ultimately you have to get the grades for you and no one else; not a parent who wants bragging rights, not a school trying to up its rankings or a circle of snobs who associate with people of a certain “class”.

    Some people are born with great talent and a few others manage to polish dross into gold; the notion that all (wo)men are born equal is an obvious fabrication. Question is, at the end of the day are you satisfied with yourself and have you lived up to your potential?

    When in University, you tend to meet some scarily smart people in the form of your professors and their adjuncts. You see a few ivory tower academics but most of them are very self-actualized people. One I know treks in the dangerous parts of the world such as sub-Saharan Africa or the Mekong River for fun even at his age. Others can discuss politics, philosophy and the meaning of life as easily as they warp your brain with obtuse scientific concepts.

    What you see in each one of them is passion. They love life, they love living and they love what they do. It drives them and carries them forward during the darkest times. That’s one thing that the Singaporean education system during my time failed abjectly to do. Quite the opposite in fact. Lobotomization at a young age where studies are all about getting that valuable degree scroll inked where it all should have been about self-improvement and enrichment. Study, learn, practise anything that catches your eye (within the bounds of good sense of course, please don’t do genetics to create a real-life Tripeman) and you’ll find your life will be all the richer for it.

  3. 3 sam5624 6 comments

    Straits Times FTW.
    S paper ranking still has Unclassified, lower than Merit. Nothing to feel too bad about, just that 2 years of hard work was not to expectation. I don’t think Mango Pudding takes 2 years to make.
    I guess it’s just The New Paper dramatising the student’s lament for a slightly less than perfect grade. As put differently in your view too, the reaction at that moment is not representative of the way the student feels.
    In other words, buy and read The Straits Times.

  4. 4 Tsubaki 336 comments

    Dude, you got all ruffled up over a tabloid paper.

  5. 5 tj_han 704 comments

    I like a good rant once in a while to polish my razor sharp wit.

    Sam: I don’t read local news. I read Digg.

    Gary: Yeah, the smart people in the world seriously pwn hard. It’s quite amazing, for example people like MATT. The guy who created Wordpress at age 21.

  6. 6 ChronosAI 3 comments

    Great article, bit interesting to read from the other side of the world but it’s always fun to read something “oh I didn’t know that” and when someone has knack for greatly worded rant, I enjoy. (I fell off my chair at the MANGO PUDDING.)

    Yeah, there are people that are smart, hard-working, greedy. Anything goes when it comes to achievements. All may have one thing common, they have tried their hands at something and with that hard work accomplished something.
    (Or just being at the right spot at the right time with the right tools, I’m looking at you Bill Gates.)

    All “big leaders” of corporations, open-source projects, and free-time w(a/o)nderers who wanted to try their hands at something. Take something like IRC, first created by J. Oikarinen while loafing around University of Oulu in 1988. They say he tried it as a side-project, nothing more or less. And if he wouldn’t have come up with that, someone else would have done it somewhere bit differently. Still, I can’t imagine a world without my right-hand tool called IRC.

    It’s not something called 100% perfect grades, it must be something you are satisfied with like above mentioned. While trying to achieve something, be it fat salary, great family, skyhigh career, or just kicking the bucket with style.
    tl;dr but yeah, I wrote something *cough*

  7. 7 Sasa 43 comments

    Oh well, I think this whole school system you are talking about is a sad thing when grades are everything that count.
    But well, this is probably a too “european” standpoint which focuses on individuality, self identification, motivation to scientific research and stuff.

  8. 8 LianYL 343 comments



  9. 9 Seth 35 comments

    Wait a minute…you seriously went to a school called ROFLS ?

  10. 10 Seth 35 comments

    Oh, also, in general I agree about your points on individual expectations, etc…but I still make fun of undergrads at my uni who work really hard for goals I achieved with little effort. Why? Because I enjoy other people’s misery.

  11. 11 Asteroth 3 comments

    “Now that you get the idea, I shall state the main point. S papers are optional and so if one chooses to take them and spends hundreds of hours studying for them, and yet did not get a grade worthy of it being considered for scholarship application, that S paper is rendered useless. So the above girl (who I will bet 2000 dollars that she’s a big nerd) has enough reason to be annoyed. Ignore the fact that she already has two distinctions, she still put in the effort to get a third one and did not succeed. Does that not give her a reason to be unhappy? ”

    “… I see the importance of risk taking but make that calculated risk-taking, not gung-ho hope-for-the-best charges.”

  12. 12 TedFox 79 comments

    The very same ppl who complain now… probably arn’t too satisfied with their 4 digit pay when all their peers earn 5 digits

  13. 13 exaltdragon 32 comments

    Well, at least it’s better than the sunday times, which is basically a pile of crap. From my own experience reading both papers, it seems that TNP has less typos than ST too…

    The point in question by TNP is happiness, not academic successfulness. By looking at the issue from that paradigm, one can easily see how being so easily discontented is typical of S’porean elitists, who dread failure as the ultimate loss. It’s hard for anyone to have bad results to recover, but if you get depressed from a a-little-less-than-perfect result, then you evidently have got some severe reality issues. People fail all the time…it’s just a matter of getting over it. In any case, life after revision and exams continues, and everyone had to move on.

    Tenacity, not satisfaction with mediocrity, is the point that TNP is making. the results of weaker students have nothing to do with an individual’s tenacity; which is what people who can’t get over their A levels are lacking.

  14. 14 Mr. Mercurial 14 comments

    Lol. I go to an ‘elitist’ school and everyone is at each other’s necks, but not about grades. More like academic competitions and leadership (not really leadership anymore). Because grades and testing are trivial, so most people slack off to the threshold where they still pass with the minimum score for the highest grade. After a few years of being uptight about grades, most people soon find the threshold for minimum work with maximum grades.

    I guess your school system (or country..) takes testing a bit more seriously. Bah, or ours is just weird.

  15. 15 JS 16 comments

    They don’t make Mango pudding like they used to nowadays, eh?

  16. 16 tj_han 704 comments

    Ah Mr Mercurial, everyone here competes for that as well. Basically it’s the same everywhere. But the thing is nobody ever believes someone else is slacking but some, like Seth (AND DARK “XBOX360EROGELOVE” MIRAGE) are. Well, “slacking” is not actually correctly defined for those overly academic penis people, since not studying can also mean doing productive stuff outside the school such as erm blogging.

    Exalt you make a good point but that isn’t what the news article was saying. I have it right here with me lol. While it did bring in that happiness index bullshit (which is completely fake because it’s like polling people with no expectations versus people who have tasted sweet pussy and want more), the article described the students who did not achieve “perfection” as totally crushed and the majority being apathetic.

    But what makes them and you assume that these same students can’t get over it? Just because they are crying? These same people are the ones who start their scholarship applications the very next day… though that really isn’t a reflection of anything. Yeah obviously some of them are fucked up but at least they won’t become tabloid journalists.

    Sundaytimes has a lot more typos because they have too much volume and a tighter deadline and thus less time to proof read. As simple as that.

    And the true way to happiness is to watch anime and masturbate. In front of our parents.

    LOL Seth: the whole point is the end product and not the process isn’t it? So the ultimate winnage is to achieve top ratio in the “overallsuccess/effort”. Like I said its all about the necessary factors. If you got smarts then you can afford to study less. Man, now I sound like some hard core nerd. HARD CORE!

  17. 17 tj_han 704 comments

    And Tedfox, erm a 4 digit pay sucks. Seriously. Let’s all get 10 digit pays. But it’s not so much about pay, rather prestige and status that’s more tangible since most people don’t reveal their paycheck anyway.

  18. 18 Sasa 43 comments

    Seriously, I would never make fun on people who put a huge effort to have the same results as me, I think that’s really despicable.
    But you can say I ‘look down’ on them in a way because I find them really pitiful. But generally it’s the other way around: Basically everybody works hard, but the ones who are more talented get the better marks (most of the times).

    I am totally in for achieving a “top radio in ‘overallsuccess/effort’” (I call this effectiveness), rather than achieving top grades generally (which I would call efficiency). So: effectiveness > efficiency if one has to choose.
    I think “excellence” is some really outstanding result that one can only achieve with hard work. Thus, people who strive for effectiveness (like me *cough*) cannot really excel, cannot be among the best 0,1% in whatever it is in the world.

  19. 19 sinistral 7 comments

    Nice post(or flame), but the fact remains that other students from other JCs will indeed be ecstatic if their grades are like hers.

    The people we should pity more are those that work hard, fail to get good grades, left with a useless piece of A Level cert and their further education down the drain.

  20. 20 Tsubaki 336 comments

    Abolish Education grading system. Then everyone that comes out of school is equal. What’s left is for you to work your ass up the coporate ladder.

  21. 21 Mitsuki_Hayase 56 comments

    Why should the education system be aboslished? Granted, it may not be perfect, but it definitely should not be abolished, because minimally, all else being equal, it acts as a marker, an indicator of one’s skills. The very whinings I hear about the unjust education system is because of the proposed inherent flaws we all grumble about when we fall behind in terms of grades against other people whom we think we normally should pawn. However, after going through most of the grind, I do think that the Education system, despite its flaws, does provide quite a good sieve of those who really are intellectually gifted (I stress intellectual, not leadership wise and character wise), and those that are not. Still, there are the exceptions that through pure blundering or through tremendous willpower/mugging, pull themselves all the way through, and I really salute those that really mug their way through sometimes. After all, it just goes to show that they have an aim, a goal to achieve no? That’s something alot of us cannot claim to have at all: A clear goal, a well-defined aim in life to achieve.

    I daresay that those who clamour for the Education system are barking up the wrong tree: They know they do not excel in school, yet they refuse to take the other, supposedly “harder” route to success. I’m not being elitist here, trust me, I’m just being very strong in my wording. Granted, I totally understand how the lack of educational qualifications is a hindrance to climbing the corporate ladder most of the time, despite one’s talent and knack in certain jobs. But shouldn’t that frustration be levelled towards the mindsets which have been implemented/set blindly by most governmental agencies and erm… companies with a deep seated prejudice towards academic certification, instead of the Education System itself?

    Perhaps, what would be best would be still to judge the starting pay of a person by his academic level, but let the rate of progress, the rate of climbing up the corporate level, be left totally to your talents displayed, and not taking academic qualifications into consideration at all.

    And I think happiness/satisfaction is a bar which should be set by oneself, and not by measuring one’s grades against the others. So I don’t think those that worked really hard, but still did not achieve good results ought to be pitied, perhaps more encouragement and support should be provided, but never pity. I think its a total insult to pity someone who has tried his/her best. Those that really deserve pity are those whose scripts got lost in the process of transporting the scripts to Cambridge, or those who for some reason did not get the results they ought to have gotten due to some bizarre reason not due to their lack of intellect, and/or lack of hard work.

    Lastly, I’d like to say that we sometimes have an overly narrow view of the Education system here. Perhaps I’m being very idealistic, or very technical in my definition, but Education is definitely a lifelong process, and the main aim of undergong schooling is to equip us with the ability to continue learning through our lives, and also the ability to survive/communicate in societies/communities. I think this is something most of us would realise after 10 years of schooling, when we look back at our studies, and wonder how the fuck would what we learn in school be useful in the real/corporate life? And as for those who still have not asked themselves that question, I sincerely hope you do ask yourself that question one day.

    Btw, I enjoy reading TNP. Keeps me entertained through the long bus/MRT journeys. And the sports section is good for noobish punters (football and horse racing punters). I’m more appalled by the falling standards of The Straits Times though, especially when they brand themselves as the premier paper in the nation (which doesn’t say much), and the the region too (which still doesn’t say much).

    I feel like I got conned into writing such a long comment because of a rant.

  22. 22 Crest 21 comments

    What is appalling over the newspaper article is how the reporter cleverly reinforced several mindsets that has been running amok in Singaporeans. The comment mentioned about the purpose of the “lower strata” JCs and their relevance in the education system, the reporter mentioned that we should convert them in polytechnics because the majority of the students won’t make it into universities. I would suppose that it is local universities in this context.. it is not really that far from the truth that a good number of the lower strata JC students don’t go to NUS/NTU/SMU. What worries me is how this apparent “problem” of the relevance of JCs be solved by making it exclusive to academically elites. Elites in this case of the top 5% or maybe 1% of every cohort, if anyone ever remember or read up on Singapore’s education system, the JCs cater to the top 20% of a cohort. By further constricting the opportunities of students to pursue a JC education, it further enhances the myth that our fate is decided by the paper chase. And it reeks of the idea that polytechnics are some form of a second-tier tertiary education.

    Strengthening the notion of classes formed in Singapore, the classes of meritocracy, the aristocracy of scholars, the bourgeoisie of the typical Singapore professionals and the ever-growing pool of defined “failures”. Well of course there’s always the recovery route of “entrepreneurship” advocated by the government. Meritocracy is gradually being twisted into some form of symbol of pseudo-nobility in this country where the people seek for some differences. Not that I abhor this, after all one can attempt to level the playing field but we can’t make the players equal. Doing that would be stifling the clever ones, genius is only shown through differences. You need not so clever people to accentuate the smart people.

    What’s my main contention on that article? It’s the notion of social mobility, meritocracy is a cultured version of the survival of the fittest. Where one progress based one’s ability and not of birth. But in Singapore, the late bloomers are totally squeezed out by streaming, screening and furthermore with this idea of making JCs furthermore exclusive and chucking the rest to polytechnics. Both are on equal grounds, offering different academic ideas and soft skills. And the notion that Singapore’s concept of meritocracy is entrenched on academic grades only is rooted as ever in the mindsets of the populace. This article shows as much. This is a great post by RIUVA especially on the part where the populace are just dragging down the scholars down, we can’t judge others with our own looking-glass. It smells of pretense and hypocrisy but yet it shows the power of the populace. To take liberties with Mr Wilde’s quote of “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”, for us it is more of “Contentment is the last refuge of the mediocre.”

  23. 23 windbell 23 comments

    […] The frowning student, who declined to give her name, had a clean sweep of As: 4As, A1 for GP, two distinctions and one merit for her Special Papers. Yet her results, which would possibly make students from some other JCs scream with joy, left her sulking. […]

    Frowning student getting one merit for her Special Papers.

    From her point of view, she worked hard for it, she didn’t get it.

    From the outsiders’ point of view is that she had a clean sweep of As. And hey, that’s good.

    From my point of view (rational):

    Okay, you worked hard, but you didn’t get an distinction in the S Paper, so what? You won’t die from it, nor will you melt into butter. Of course the dream of getting into that Prestigious university you want may have been pricked and burst like a balloon, but there’s still tomorrow.

    From my point of view (irrational):

    You’re too bloodly serious about results. It’s just a freaking piece of paper. Failures is a stepping stone to success. It may not directly lead you to it, but it’s a stepping stone to it. Get on with life, step out of your comfort zone.

    Internets dramas lol \p/

  24. 24 tj_han 704 comments

    Windbell: S papers don’t affect your chances of getting into a top university. The proper schools like Harvard and Stanford care much more than that.

    Crest: You made a lot of good points about the TNP article which I didn’t mention. See, the stupid tabloid pissed off the entire populace thanks to their lazy stereotyping.

    Nic: I think the other nick was just joking.

  25. 25 Tiny Red Man 43 comments

    its kinda strange…its either the girl who got superb results wanna Luff at her friends and look down on them, or its that she wanna pull the mood of her other friends from a “woohoo” mood to a “damn i nid to Masturbate” mood..

    anw, personally, Its all about your dream, of what you want to become. You can get all the A1s and distinctions in the world, only to realize that “Hey, I have no idea what I wanna do after i graduate.” There’s 2 choice: 1)Hikikomori. 2)Get another Cert. What I meant here is: For someone who may not have a dream, no matter how great the results are, it will look like nothing to you. Its the never ending life story of Chasing after that Cert.

    Currently, the course that i’m taking in my poly(Digital Media Design), I bet that most of my peers are able to get into a JC, but they gave up for that and came into the Course. why? Cos they don’t wanna waste time on getting a Piece of paper only to know its render useless(maybe not for some) after 2 years.

  26. 26 CHICKEN 52 comments

    lets watch anime and masturbate twice a day

  27. 27 halcyondf 33 comments


  28. 28 exaltdragon 32 comments

    Well, to be steering off topic, the Sunday times is full of articles with crappy topics sometimes…or what i a call “padding” and “anyday articles”.

    I probably don’t remember exactly what the new paper article said because i read it only once, but iirc, it seemed to suggest, via the use of weasel words (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel_words) that students wouldn’t recover. I do not suport this view. I fear, that the students may take the less-than-perfect results too seriously and hence get depressed.

    But, let us not criticise at his rhetoric, but instead at his dialectic. We will not reach any sustainably useful knowledge by picking at the WAY we expressed his views, but we would if we picked at the TRUTH in the views expressed.

    Argh..bad idea to be writing at the first ting in the morning.

  29. 29 Rakugakid 10 comments

    …somehow….The Sir Lee Kuan Yew part seems like propaganda

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