[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Thursday, September 21, 2006

[Preparation for university life]
I used to loathe Maths. I wondered why I was taught graphs, transformations, probabilty and the like.

I didn't really like English classes either. I didn't understand why we had to summarise a whole chunk of text and why we had to deduce the meaning of words in a sentence.

Now I understand why. It is preparation for the future. It is preparation for university life.

Graphs, transformations and probability is a good foundation for preparation for Calculus and Statistics, modules which I have taken in polytechnic but will taking again for university.

As for English, I feel that what I had studied and learnt is applicable to the texts that I have to read for every lesson. For political science and sociology modules which I take now, it is not uncommon to have to read at least 20 pages of text. Some written is old English and others in modern times.

Interestingly, I find political science modules quite insightful. My current module is titled plural perspectives on political issues.

Today is International Day of Peace. After so many "demonstrations" involving 30 people and many other silent protests (I won't say if these are good or bad), I guess it is apt to just have a "peaceful" day for everyone. So here I am at home slacking and blogging on this peaceful International Day of Peace. I pity those in Thailand though. Hope order is restored soon.

Looking at foreign affairs, Minister George Yeo's latest topic is on the Middle East. In his latest post on beyond sg he writes about two interesting meetings - one with the Gulf Cooperation Council and another with the American Jewish Committee.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm...

on the 'peaceful' thingie...

i wonder if there are many many definitions for what constitutes peace.

coz im now in a place where i've been robbed, punched and chased around in a car—each once—before.

and i never had any of that happen while i was in singapore.

but i've never ever felt more peaceful, at peace, nor felt that the world felt more peaceful than herein-where-im-at, now.

nope, i never found singapore peaceful—to each his own.


kh

Saturday, September 23, 2006 11:22:00 am

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quote you:

'I used to loathe Maths. I wondered why I was taught graphs, transformations, probabilty and the like.

I didn't really like English classes either. I didn't understand why we had to summarise a whole chunk of text and why we had to deduce the meaning of words in a sentence.

Now I understand why. It is preparation for the future. It is preparation for university life.'

I don't think you understand.

I don't think you understand why.

I don't think you understand the point of education.

Which—in personal opinion—squares with your reputation.

Saturday, September 23, 2006 11:36:00 am

 
Blogger Ephraim Loy said...

Well, I quote kh: "To each his own".

Saturday, September 23, 2006 2:22:00 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and your context for that statement being?

kh

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 2:01:00 am

 

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