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.
by MathPlus October 29, 2016
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.
by MathPlus April 12, 2017
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.
by MathPlus October 20, 2016
A country where economic prosperity and near-zero political freedom coexist, while death penalty and incorruptibility are being practiced.
That zero-resources Singapore has survived and thrived, since it was booted out of Malaysia half a century ago, is nothing short of a miracle.
by MathPlus July 19, 2016
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.
by MathPlus July 30, 2017
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.
by MathPlus March 25, 2017
An exam-smart nation that has transformed into a "marks factory," where most children are deprived of their playful childhood—they are brought up on the lie that if they do relax, the country would end up as just another struggling developing country.
Singaporeans are such an obedient, fearful, and submissive lot, who have evolved into an apathetic electorate in the last half century, as they've uncritically let the ruling political party to control almost every part of their lives—a nanny state that longs to maintain this social contract with the voters.
by MathPlus September 27, 2017