Aruba, June 14th, 2012 - Singapore's schools have become global role models, with consistently high results in international tests. But now they want to move beyond this - towards something that cultivates creativity and what they term as ''holistic education''.
Minister for Education, Heng Swee Keat, said this is ''less about content knowledge'' but ''more about how to process information".
He describes this challenge to innovate as being able to "discern truths from untruths, connect seemingly disparate dots, and create knowledge even as the context changes''.
This strategy aims to prepare today's students for the demands of the next 20 years.
It means that schools are under more pressure - and will be given more leeway - to come up with creative ways to teach the syllabus.
Outside the classroom
So instead of the traditional images of high-pressure Asian schools - with rows of heads buried in books - they are trying different approaches to learning.
Armed with iPads and smartphones, pupils get out of the classroom to learn about science
Putting this into practice, on a sunny April morning, 80 students from one of Singapore's top schools were trekking outdoors.
The nine to 10 years olds from Rosyth School were on a ''learning journey'' in a park, incorporating science topics and values such as caring for the environment.
''We are conducting a biopsy to find out why a bee, a fish, a bird and a plant mysteriously died,'' said student Darren Ong. ''Is it because of human actions?''
They photographed ''evidence'' on smartphones and digital cameras, soaking up facts on plant and animal species on their iPads.
''In one activity, I can cover three topics,'' said science teacher Lin Lixun, clad in a white laboratory coat for his role as chief investigator.
''They can really learn through hands-on experience and putting things into action,'' said civics and moral education teacher, Joslyn Huang.
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