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Symposium 2014

Teach Nothing But Thinking

The Challenge

The modern education system is no longer characterised by the fervent pursuit of the liberal arts. To society's extreme benefit, education is for the most part considered to be a human right and the passport to better opportunities and prosperity. But the educational system is itself an industry with profit margins, growth potential, and competition. Questions can be legitimately raised as to whether the objectives and outcomes of education, as well as the approach to educating ever increasing numbers of students are reaping the desired outcomes. Are graduates and citizens today achieving their true potential and contributing to an aware and thinking society or are we churning out ever more degrees without igniting the passion for lifelong learning? In Asia, how can culture help shape thinking individuals? What type of environment would encourage grooming them? How do these environments flow to produce thinkers?