03 April 2008

Lessons In Love

I think Singapore has hit an all-time low with trying to teach love and romance as a subject in school to boost the current ailing birth rate. Didn't we already have SDU or something like that in place already? Was that not good enough?

It is quite pathetic that Singaporeans need to be taught how to say "Eh! Ai kia stay-dee mai?" to their prospective partners. I can see it now, typical Singapore students in clinical lecture/tutorial/workshop settings, studiously scribble study notes  (exam will come out one, you know?) and mugging for the subsequent exams (Yay! I got A*! I can apply to go Raffles DunnoWhatRomance Institute then run for parliament under PAP's 25-men GRC. Wah... I ish Romantic Elite. Win liao!).

I think every single last morsel of any romance just died there and then.

As bad as this already is, I actually do have a bigger question.


Reminds me of my NTU days where Entrepreneurship was actually taught as a subject. How the hell you teach something like that? Dr Kao, our lecturer, during that time probably also clueless to how to go about doing it. Instead, he sold us his book and used it as compulsory text. We learned absolutely nothing from that module but Dr Kao sure earn a tidy sum of money from there. Now that's entrepreneurship albeit damn bladdy kelong.

- Voxeros

1. Winsor left...
Thursday, 3 April 2008 7:27 am ::
the funny thing is, it entrepreneurship is being taught everywhere. I feel that such things run in the blood, whether does the individual has the passion and drive to work out a business, not anything you can get from papers and theories...

2. Ruok left...
Thursday, 3 April 2008 10:01 am
my gawd, u actually took the entrepreneurship course?! I thought you were already an entreprenuer then.
I want a refresher course on love and romance though ... feeling jaded these days. :P

3. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 3 April 2008 12:35 pm :: 
Winsor: If you ask me, I feel that entrepreneurship is a very hands-on type of subject as the only way to learn is to get your hands and feet into it and not some stupid lecture/tutorial bullshit. Perhaps, the Gahmen could set up a grant for young entrepreneurs as seed money to couple with the student's own equity to do a start-up and during the initial period have the various industry experts to come in and provide a bit of guidance?

ruok: It wasn't a module of choice. It was compulsory which is why I have such a big beef with it. Lessons in Love, is a little bit like Lessons in Entrepreneurship. You'd learn nothing if you don't go out there and practice your craft.

4. OLLie left...
Thursday, 3 April 2008 6:54 pm
Guess what, after 16 years or so, the course is still being taught in NTU. ha. I'm gonna have to take them next sem. = S
And yeah, the teaching to love thing is cheesy. hahahaha..

5. Pam left...
Thursday, 3 April 2008 10:03 pm
I don't teach entrepreneurship or anything like that...but to be fair, I think you need to look at what exactly they are teaching - are they 'telling' you how to be an entrepreneur (the 10 steps to effective entrepreneurship), or are they giving you the skills and know-how of how to develop entrepreneurial skills (the idea, the method, the environment etcetc). the former, is probably pointless, the latter might be useful.
as for lessons in love - WAH LAO!!! what next?! I've not applied for an sg passport for the little man - perhaps this is another deterrent!! hahaha...

6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 4 April 2008 12:02 am :: 
Ollie: It was BM334 for me but I doubt if it's the same module code number after so many years.

Pam: Sadly, it's the former. I can't remember most of it, if at all but it goes somewhere along the line of what are the character traits an entrepreneur should have blah blah blah......

George want SG passport for what? Do NS har?

7. akk left...
Friday, 4 April 2008 12:31 pm
actually, i can already think of at least 1 person I want sent for the program...its just a chao-keng module. and what's wrong with teaching some of the more clueless ones something they should know but am too inocent to find out? in fact, I'd take this module just to learn more boys, i mean...know....

8. Pam left...
Friday, 4 April 2008 8:12 pm
well, the G-man isn't going to get an sg passport, unless we all move there permanently. He'll need a passport to travel home this summer though - they don't do the 'babies travel on parents passport' thing no more...! at least not for the uk!

9. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 5 April 2008 9:43 am :: 
akk: Your rationale is flawed. This is going to be a subject to be taught in Poly a place where all the boys and girls are already there. Signing up for the Love Module will not facilitate you meeting new people since, the people outside the lecture theatre and inside are the same.

Pam: I like the way you call him the G-Man. Sounds good! As for babies having their own passport, I think it's the same in Singapore. My two kids have their own passports too.

10. okiedokie left...
Monday, 7 April 2008 11:05 am
i always thought entreprenuership is the recent-years topic...din noe it was started (in NTU) so long ago... I was forced to take that module too.A complete waste of my time as I wasn't a bit interested in it...& i had to took it during my sem. break! =x

11. JayWalk left...
Monday, 7 April 2008 8:50 pm :: 
okiedokie: If you ask me, the module is more of a lip-service formality that allows the school to say that they have that aspect covered in their education package. It yields no benefit except perhaps a very basic awareness of it for a nation whose education system produces the world's best employees.

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