Leading School Leaps into the Unknown SINGAPORE Sources have confirmed Overseas Family School; an MYP leading international school based in Singapore, has issued a statement with regards to doing away with the use of regular facetoface classroom teaching by the beginning of 2015. Thus, students will be required to continually use laptops and computers to access the ‘new’ curriculum.
The announcement last weekend had brought a variety of responses. With the implementation of a completely online curriculum; without the use of conventional teachertostudent methods, it can be expected that by the application of the new methods, every student must be in possession of an electronic device. The statement had also been subject to criticism as passionate students question the reliability of the new educational systems with regards to them obtaining a successful future. Some high school students are unimpressed with the school’s decision, labeling it a “nationwide experiment”. Consequently, students have already been requesting removable from the school to seek more ‘normal’ and ‘less virtualized’ education systems.
“I may loose my job, however, the newgeneration will have lost their only method of a true education”, Mark Richards, a high school Mathematics teacher within OFS commented. Not only are large redundancies on the horizon, but an increase in demand for electricity. Award winning ecologist, Blake Snow remarked upon the issue, “It will undoubtedly affect the environment if the entire globe is to adopt similar methods that of OFS's”. Thus, creating the beginning of an ecological disaster awaiting our presence in the near future.
It is also thought that the directors whom issued the statement had been previously discussing financial issues with the school. Thus, to reduce their costs, the new school in the East Coast will be scrapped and an online curriculum would be substituted. This would then ensure a clear gap between the school and the possibility of bankruptcy. A business studies and economics teacher said: “The website which holds the online curriculum would be much more cost effective as there is no need for rent, electricity or water costs which would be present in a conventional school”. Thence, filling more students eyes with more fear or an elaborate scheme to reduce costs.
As a very confined group of individuals believe this news is beneficial, their very weak foundation of hope will soon be broken as members of the board, announce: “There is more to come.”. For a school with a soul purpose of teaching students and helping them achieve their life goals, they are not very friendly.
Published on Feb 23, 2014