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More Constructive Ways To Commemorate National Service

S$100 vouchers are nice (TODAY, May 18). A campaign for the public to salute national servicemen may seem respectful (TODAY, Jun. 18). And free bus and train rides for servicemen in their uniforms are well-appreciated – albeit somewhat contrived – gestures (TODAY, Jun. 19). But to meaningfully celebrate 50 years of National Service (NS), these one-off, short-term initiatives should be completed by broader policy discussions for the long-term, and in particular to improve the well-being and experiences of full-time national servicemen (NSF). In fact, these improvements should be based on direct feedback, not views filtered through the chain of command. Otherwise, these nice and respectful gestures will do little to advance conscription or NS for the next 50 years. Continue reading

Learning A Third Language Through Homes, Not Schools

The proposal for Singaporeans to acquire the mother tongue of another racial group in Singapore – so as “to expand our cultural consciousness beyond our individual ethnic groups” (TODAY, Jun. 9) – is well-intentioned, though more practical thought should be given to its policy implementation. The benefits, for instance, are clear, but what about the costs? At first glance, the school appears to be the most expedient platform for this extension to language education, but bearing in mind demographic changes and a growing body of research affirming the importance of preschool instruction, the home may provide a more conducive platform for such learning. Continue reading

More Precise Research Needed To Improve Anti-Drug Campaign

The headline figures that 16 per cent of those aged 13 to 21 in Singapore “had a liberal attitude towards drugs last year” (ST, Apr. 28) an increase from the 11 per cent in 2013 – from a survey by the National Council Against Drug Abuse – have gained the most attention thus year, yet if the government wishes to improve its anti-drug (awareness) campaign, then keener and more precise research is perhaps needed to understand the underlying attitudes of young Singaporeans. Perception surveys, after all, can only do so much. For instance, drug-related information could be derived from social media and websites, but it does not necessarily follow that youths are therefore influenced by these sources. Continue reading

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