It’s interesting enough to note that Singapore’s Ministry of Education is sponsoring a national, inter-school blogging championship aimed at junior school and secondary students. It’s fairly new to see a governmental education body supporting something like blogging, to this extent.
However, what I am really impressed by are the guidelines, or actually the lack thereof, set down for this contest. “No strict no-no’s” guide the students’ writing or use of the tool, and while this may appear risky, I would also label it innovative.
“We are pushing new grounds with this platform and there will be a certain amount of risk. However, we want the children to learn that there has to be a balance between self-expression and responsibility.”
Good day, mate.
I’m surprised this news has not reached my ears, although I am a local citizen at the country you mentioned.
I must redirect you to incident that sparked the whole blogging craze that got the government to start a publicity campaign to start “teaching” students how to blog.
http://tomorrow.sg/archives/2005/05/05/astar_confirms_warning_to_studen.html (The incident)
http://www.scs.uiuc.edu/~chen6/blog/ (The blogger)
http://tomorrow.sg/archives/2005/05/06/acidflask_replies_to_cna_report.html (The blogger’s reply)
I’m sure you must have heard about this incident long time ago. Anyways, I’m just as perplexed as you are regarding this news.
Hi TheoreticallyPractical, being a SG Blogger myself, I don’t see how the A*STAR/ AcidFlask incident relates to the Interschool Blogging contest. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure the Interschool Competition was planned way ahead of the incident before the A*STAR. Unless the civil service has changed drastically and can really turn on a dime in such resolute manner :)
The MOE division supporting the blog competition should be congratulated for taking an enlightened and long-term view in setting the guidelines for the contest. Obviously, they recognise that teens are not naive and if they impose rules, it’ll just be another “school assignment”. I think it bodes well for Singapore.
NOTE: I’m a statboard employee, but my position is as a SG Blogger. I’m not MOE staff.
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