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A country where it is easier to get a college degree than finding a spouse—female graduates refuse to marry down and male graduates refuse to marry up.
In spite of free cruises and financial incentives, Singapore's attempt to matchmake graduates, hoping for them to produce future Einsteins and Beethovens, has received lukewarm responses.
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by MathPlus October 29, 2016
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A free-market economy that is unspokenly flushed with cash from tax fugitives, making revenue earned from tourism and exported goods and services pale in comparison.
Among the unofficially reported tax fugitives who became Singapore citizens are Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Chinese movie stars Jet Li and Gong Li, investment guru Jim Rogers, not to say, the thousands of millionaires from Indonesia, India, Malaysia, and India.
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by MathPlus April 12, 2017
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A nation whose students rank among the best in the world—a nation of exam-smart test-takers, where creativity and innovation have compromised for good grades and overpaid jobs.
Singapore students continue to rank top in international comparative studies like TIMSS and PISA, but it has yet to produce its own Bill Gates or Steve Jobs—local politicians have often equated top school grades to ingenuity or creativity.
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by MathPlus October 20, 2016
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A “tuition nation” where your grade six exam score more or less determines your future—the fear of failing and not getting into a school of choice reduces your chances of a decent or quality education, because the top or popular schools have “better teachers” and more resources.
Because of its high-stakes exams, Singapore is probably the world’s most stressful country for a child to experience a normal childhood—and she will be at a disadvantage if her parents can’t afford to send her for private tuition.
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by MathPlus July 11, 2018
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An educational mecca for budget-conscious tourists, who are looking for some cheap, cool math books for their kids whose math grades have hardly improved from using locally published textbooks.
Although Singapore is arguably a first-class economy with a third-rate educational publishing industry—which often condones Machiavellian math practices—however, its wallet-friendly math K-12 titles are sought after by homeschoolers in many developed and developing countries.
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by MathPlus September 16, 2018
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A country that has turned learning into drudgery and killed the joy of both teaching and learning, because of its obsession to be top in international studies like TIMSS and PISA.
Singapore's subsidized tertiary education is mostly funded by sin tax, thanks to hundreds of thousands of local gamblers—Singapore is unofficially the third largest gambling market in the world.
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by MathPlus July 30, 2017
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A highly stressful place where local students are more afraid of failing their math exam than of their parents dying—one in three said that life isn't worth living.
Dubbed an "authoritarian democracy" by critics, Singapore is "a first world oasis in a third world region"—where political dissidents would better apply for asylum in the US or the West to avoid being fined, jailed, or made bankrupt.
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by MathPlus March 25, 2017
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