Ladies and Gentlemen,
In a report in Singapore state owned newspaper the Straits Times of Jan 22, 2014 titled "Gone viral: Video of student shouting at teacher and demanding an apology" a boy, who appears probably no more than 12 is seen in his classroom walking around and when asked to sit down, yells at his teacher, asking him if he thought he was deaf and in brazen disrespect and defiance refuses to sit even after the teacher apologized.
Please see the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTAPUPmEFzs
You see yelling in the classroom. The teacher yells at the top of his voice to the boy, not a very dignified thing to do especially for a teacher. In return you have this boy acting no better than a thug.
And if that is not bad enough, the reader would be surprised to be told that the language being used is actually English! If this is English, I wonder what Mongolian would sound like!
And if Lee Kuan Yew and his son who run the country as if it was theirs are going around the world claiming that theirs is the best education system in the world, they should be criminally charged for criminal misrepresentation under the Penal Code.
I will tell you why it is so bad in that island. Firstly, you don't have democracy. Lee Kuan Yew and son strut around the island threatening everyone with arrest and imprisonment if they don't submit. The parents are afraid of their government. This particular teacher is also afraid of his government, like everyone else there is. The children are told to be submissive and obey.
It is not a spontaneous society. It is a fear ridden society. It is a regimented society, like North Korea where everyone is careful what they say and when they say it.
You can imagine, under such repression and regimentation, there are a handful, such as in this case who rebel and hit back. It is not common but it does happen. And this is what is happening here. Singaporeans are by nature a selfish people. They are not gracious. They have no class relative to an Australian, an Englishman or a European. This teacher himself has no class, nor the child's parents and most important of all Lee Kuan Yew and son. This is unfortunately the sort of people who inhabit the island. Anyone who had some class had already cleared out and lives in Australia.
And one reason why this teacher who can hardly speak any intelligible English is still employed in the island is because anyone who can has already emigrated to the West, leaving teachers like him to teach young children.
You have an island with third rate teachers such as this and a population with no social graces whatsoever. This boy and this teacher are not the exception in Lee Kuan Yew's island; they are the norm.
Once again, I say to anyone reading this. You want your children to grow up in a society where there is not only book learning but in a place where they can grow up as thinking and as gracious human beings. Singapore is not such a place. If you can, take your children and emigrate to the civilized world.
And I can correctly predict the sequel to this episode. Lee Kuan Yew and Son will be shocked and alarmed that young children are becoming emboldened. He does not want emboldened children because emboldened children would grow up emboldened adults and threaten his rule. This will not do. Therefore either the Lee's son himself or their minions would be calling upon this boy and his parents. A necessary entry will be made into the dossier of the parent and this child and marked "unruly" or whatever the correct designation for this.
From now on the parents would be under surveillance and the target of any necessary reprisals or punishment as they think fit in the Singaporean sense.
Big Brother will be watching them.
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel 510 491 8525