Vision is foresight with insight based on hindsight. With good foresight, it provides guidance for strategic actions being taken today - not only what to do, but how and when to do it.

SIM’s Foresight series uncovers cutting-edge insights on education’s emerging trends and challenges and seeks to address the critical questions of today to stay ahead of the curve in a fast-changing landscape and meet the demands of tomorrow.

Be a part of the ‘live’ TV recording experience as panelists of diverse backgrounds and expertise engage in a vibrant and dynamic discussion, delving deeper into key topics that will play a role in shaping the future of education.

Moderator: Teymoor Nabili

Telecast Dates on Channel NewsAsia

Episode 1 - Success Beyond Grades
Wed, 6 Sep 2017, 8pm

Episode 2 - Thinking Big, Thinking Different
Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 8pm

Episode 3 - Smart Education
Wed, 20 Sep 2017, 8pm

Episode 4 – Educating the Educators
Wed, 27 Sep 2017, 8pm

Episode 5 – Education Across Borders
Wed, 4 Oct 2017, 8pm

An obsession with grades and streaming, and the resources better-off families have in preparing their children for examinations has led to a debate on whether Singapore’s much-revered concept of “meritocracy” has become too closely associated with elitism.

In today’s competitive world where everything is ranked, going to a premier university has become more important than what you actually study there.

The key words are pathways extend beyond education – rather than blindly focusing on rankings and branding, are we able to create an inclusive environment where students have the room and space to develop their passions and talents, achieving what they truly desire and extending their pathways beyond education?

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In the strive towards making ‘Every School a Good School’ in Singapore, do all schools and students possess the same resources and opportunities to steer towards this goal?

Failure is often perceived here as a cultural taboo and the angel investor community remains conservative- they think short -term and are risk averse.

As we step up measures to encourage innovation, how then can society achieve a mindset shift that will enable creative thinkers and bold innovators to thrive?

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In building a Smart Nation, technology is crucial but so is the human aspect. We need to learn how to utilize technology in a humanistic way as well.

Are we missing the humanistic aspect in the movement to embrace technology in every aspect of our lives as citizens, consumers, marketers, sellers etc.?

In a survey by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), almost half or 47% of the respondents cite time as the key challenge for them in starting the journey of continuous learning. Another 30% said that the lack of a support system, such as employer support will be the biggest hurdle, while 20% said that individual motivation will keep them from embarking on SkillsFuture.

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The late Arthur C. Clarke said two interesting things, "A teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be" & "If children have interest, then education happens."

So in this media-pervasive world, teachers recognize one key point - schools cannot continue to use 20th century approaches in our 21st century society. Teachers know they need to prepare their students for the interconnected world in which we now live.

The greatest educational resource are the teachers themselves and efforts to improve the quality of our teachers and their teaching have been underway for several years.

But beyond the involvement of Teacher Leaders, Master Teachers, or Instructional Coaches – some observers say the time has come to bring in experts from the media and other industry clusters – a (Re)thinking the Box approach to teacher training.

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In a 2004 Singapore Business Review article, the question posed was: Can Singapore become the Boston of Asia?

Fast forward to the present, Singapore has grown to become a powerhouse in education services and there is no doubt - Singapore's education system is highly respected and has several competitive advantages that position it well as a regional education hub.

However, to better understand the theme of this session, it would be good to reflect on one of the focus areas that the Singapore International Foundation espouses - "Access to quality education empowers communities and is key to improving lives and sustainable development."

Education across borders is precisely this. The time has come for educational institutions in Singapore to venture overseas - to share their knowledge and expertise in the education sector and in the process, help transform communities.

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National Library Board Singapore
National Gallery Singapore
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