Primary 1 Girl Answers To Math Question Sparks Heated Debate Online On Creativity
If not creativity, then what exactly?
Education in Singapore is unlike the past with the primary focus on exam results. In this 21st century, we are moving into a progressive education—it is not just about academic smarts to be considered as competent. Students now are encouraged to think out of the box in approaching problems. The Ministry of Education has geared up on efforts to encourage holistic development, as young as in the preschool level. Skills like self-discovery, engaged learning, curiosity and creativity are skills/qualities makes an individual successful and employable, in addition to hard skills and the know-how.
So when this post surfaced on Facebook, it got netizens on a heated debate.
Facebook user Siying Tan, shared her niece’s Primary 1 schoolwork that her brother sent over.
Along with the image, he asked Tan about what she thought about the questions. He also seemed to imply that they were crafted wrongly.
Some other parents have also commented that their child had the same answers.
While many sang praises of the girl, there are others who argue that it is not a matter about creativity but grasping the fundamental concepts.
Another netizen argues that it is not about the issue of creativity, but basic understanding as it is impossible to plan a foolproof question that satisfies every single person.
A strong foundation is still needed, no matter what, Loon Tze Tan agrees.
Despite the varying opinions, one thing that is indisputable: the girl’s meticulous nature.
Is it truly possible to determine what smart or being brilliant is? While there are no clear answers, and this is just one example out of many, studies have shown that curiosity in a child is one of the strongest markers of academic success.
So parents, perhaps the conversations shared is something to think about.
You can view Siying Tan’s full post here.
Importance of creativity for students