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One educational system that has recently been fascinating to me is Singapore's primary / secondary school system. It's almost entirely merit-based, and (this might be the controversial point) students are largely stripped of the idea that they are unique, or DESERVE to go to the #1 school, or whatever. The Singaporean gov't has tried its hardest to reduce variance from socioeconomic status, location, etc. and to focus solely on academic ability. Less buying ones way into college or using connections / legacy. Obviously a parallel between a giant, fragmented state-based nation and what's essentially a city-state is limited, but I still think the Singaporean system is really worth examining. Tangentially linked to this is the idea of personal freedom -- Singaporeans are much more willing to give up personal freedoms for the "greater good." Privacy? I don't care, the gov't can know my name, address, activities, etc. I get socialized healthcare and a gov't healthcare card as a result. Chewing gum is banned? I don't care, I get spotless streets as a result.
But honestly this has strayed a bit from my original point, which wasn't meant to be philosophical in the least, I was just ranting about how directionless, unmotivated people drive me fucking crazy. I'll take a class of dummies any day. lol.
Edited by VitaTimH - 9/30/13 at 4:23pm