07 December 2005

Julius Caesar is not amused

Apparently students in Temasek Junior College in Singapore think Chia Thye Poh, the prisoner of Sentosa, was an urban legend.

At their student forum page, the fruits of 20 years of tertiary History syllabus and incorporated National Education subliminal messages are shown for all to see.

rehtse: the ISA is used to deal with not just terrorists, but ppl who pose security threats to S'pore. however, the foreign media chooses to interpret it as "ppl who pose POLITICAL threats to the ruling party". that's their main reason for objecting to the ISA.

Solos: Yes, that's right... but I have not seen it used on any political figure as yet.

ashke: ummm... about out of point but wasn't there this fellow who's been exhiled to sentosa???

Solos: You mean exiled to Sentosa??? Never heard of it before... care to elaborate on it.

ashke: that's the problem, I've only /heard/ of it, it's like some kind of Singapore urban legend kind of thing or something...


Rench00, if you're reading this post now: THIS is the ultimate failure of Singapore education.

6 comments:

pantalaimon said...

Uh, at the risk of maxing out on irony here, his name is Chia Thye Poh.

akikonomu said...

Hi Pantalaimon, thanks for pointing that odd. It's embarrassing, really, given that I was the one who added Chia's paragraph into the wikipedia entry for Sentosa.

Mistake noted and corrected.

Constantine said...

Failure of Singapore education? I think it was deliberate =P

Educate the people only on what is necessary for them to know...

akikonomu said...

Hence it is necessary and sufficient to know that the Singapore Story is the same as the biography of Papalee...

rench00 said...

i must admit that i've only recently learnt about Chia Thye Poh.

and yes. i think it is unfortunate that our education turned out as such. though i wouldn't think of this lack of knowledge as the ultimate failure.

the ultimate failure, in my opinion, is the ossification of the minds of youths.

and judging by the way teacher training happens in NIE and some of my fellow trainee teachers... the future does not look all too bright.

Oikono said...

There's a reason why I stopped visiting such Singaporean forums