INTERLUDE: CHAMPIONS AND LITERATURE

Consider this:

Every champion boxer has a trainer and a manager.

Every champion golfer has a personal coach, who trains him, and also a caddy, who not only carries his bag, but helps him read the green, and tells him how strong the wind is blowing, and encourages him after every bad shot.

Every fighter pilot has a wingman to watch his back and help him become more deadly to the enemy

Every ship captain has an Executive Officer or First Mate.

In other words, if you really want to succeed, you got to have dedicated support, you need a mentor, you need someone to train you and help you.

So every Singaporean student should have a tutor, if they want to succeed?

Logically, we can’t argue with that. Not in the face of all these examples from the real world.

The only argument that can be made against that is that is it really necessary for Singaporean kids to be so competitive at such a young age.

And that’s up to parents themselves to decide.

Don’t blame teachers for not teaching well, or MOE for making the syllabus too difficult.

If we want our kids to be champions, personal tutors are the way to go!

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With the death/dearth of Literature students in Singapore, someone has now suggested making literature a ‘compulsory’ subject for all students.

I wonder if this guy read too much from LKY.

His reasons for making literature compulsory are strange, to say the least: “that it imparts critical thinking skills, makes us more creative, and teaches us values.”

That’s like saying watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho makes us bond with our mothers!

Didn’t anybody watch Dead Poets Society? Why do we study poetry? Because we want to charm girls!

Robin Williams said it best: Medicine, Law, Engineering– these are very important subjects to study, because they are necessary to sustain life. But poetry, music, art– these are what we live for.

We study these subjects because they make life beautiful for us.

Literature is about the beauty of prose. It is about the romance of Romeo and Juliet. It is about the living life to the fullest.

O captain, my captain! Let them study IT, Finance or Accounting if they so choose! It is their free will, and they shall not be denied their birthright.

But for those of us who want to live life to the fullest, we shall study poetry, literature, music, drama, art. For these are what will make the human race happy to our end of days!

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