Global Voices in Education : Ruth Wong Memorial Lectures, by Oon Seng Tan, Hee Ong Wong, Seok Hoon Seng

By Oon Seng Tan, Hee Ong Wong, Seok Hoon Seng

This publication (Volume II) brings jointly lectures given via eminent educationalists among 1983 and 2008 in reminiscence of the paintings of Ruth Wong, an influential determine within the box of schooling within the Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties. Addressing studying, education, educating, instructor schooling, academic learn and coverage options, it's a must-read for educators, schooling leaders and coverage makers attracted to making schooling extra uplifting and profitable for the subsequent new release of learners.

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For each of the four groups, its scientific tradition carried them only so far and did not lead to the scientific revolution which occurred in the 17th century. The reasons for that are complex. There were religious inhibitions about certain secular enquiries and these led to the intervention of theological or bureaucratic states. In some cases, it was lack of recognition, accompanied by contrary inducements to turn intellectual efforts towards moral, spiritual or more practical matters which deterred scientific enquiry.

The more fortunate members will help the less fortunate members to enjoy a life of the mind rather than to suffer a life of trying to fill the stomach. What will be the role of teachers or professors in such a world? The guru will be accorded the place he had 400–1000 years ago in this part of the world. He will be 2 A Vision of Education in the 21st Century 25 among the wisest of the wise, not someone who has to publish or perish regardless of quality, neither does he have to kowtow to the powers that be.

Only rich countries can provide access to consistently good educational facilities and working conditions for their teachers. Furthermore, they can attract brilliant individuals from the poorer countries to their centres of excellence and thus ensure that these centres remain excellent. Since the end of the Cold War, there have been many efforts to define a new world order or new ways of explaining the world. For many, there is the “end of history” school of thought which trumpets the ultimate triumph of capitalism and liberal democracy.

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