by Johan Werner 22nd January 2014
Further connecting, and invading, our Schools Overseas Family School will be the first IB school to put up its entire curriculum online, but what does this mean for your children? Yesterday, the head chairman of the international school, OFS, released a statement informing that by the 2015 academic year, its entire school curriculum will become available online for its students. Taking away face to face time between a teacher and entire class and instead digitally, focusing on individual students. It is unknown at this time if this plan to go on the net its definite or online classes are a choice or mandatory. Firstly, what a terrible economic move for this school, especially for one considered made for profit over the value of its students education ( although OFS does have one of the highest final scores out of international schools in Singapore ), months ago they revealed the layout of their new campus which will its students will move to in 2016, which has already made attending OFS cost a heftier price, as with each year increasing prices are put on semester courses milking money out of families for ‘building costs’. Some are skeptical for the high price changes and find them increasingly unnecessary, but perhaps there's a little ‘side project’ that the chairman hasn’t fully informed us about. At the moment it is unsure if all these huge funds are being put directly into the new campus.
And more importantly why the sudden change to go digital? There is a new campus being opened the following year so why this quick addition? We all know that we are now in the “internet age” and almost everything and anything from data to personal info is been put onto the world wide web, and the idea of online classes from home aren’t exactly a new idea, but never a school wide optional shift including the full curriculum. This
also makes one ponder exactly how far the connectivity of this school's online course system will go. With the speculation that software enabling a webcam feature used for facetoface time between students and teachers can be used as spyware to keep an eye on their students, and what stops them from doing this off school hours? And to what extent will the school’s program be able to reach into our computer? Perhaps access all our data and review our online activities, “ It’s simply a violation of privacy and completely illegal” says Richard Glover, a English High School teacher working at OFS. Whether or not these allegations are true, the time of this online unveiling is a bit unusual, but never less as always we remind you not to stop pursuing a story, and always read between the lines.
Rationale To start off I made the the newspaper sound official and precise by simply stating facts and dates before opinions in order to seem more credible and so that the reader can start to form their own ideas and opinions as of course this is a conspiracy newsletter. I then gave an observation of the impact to the story as any newsletter to show the repercussions of this move to show my observation lengths and moved into making conspiracies, yet made connections to the