3BackgroundIn Singapore, Social Studies provides another avenue for the teaching of National Education through the formal curriculum. (NE was introduced in 1997)
4At the Teachers' Day Rally in September 2006, then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong outlined the challenges to our education system.A key imperative was National Education. Many Singaporeans, especially pupils and younger Singaporeans, knew little of our recent history. They did not know how we became an independent nation, how we triumphed against long odds, or how today's peaceful and prosperous Singapore came about
5“ This ignorance will hinder our effort to develop a shared sense of nationhood. We will not acquire the right instincts to bond together as one nation, or maintain the will to survive and prosper in an uncertain world. For Singapore to thrive beyond the founder generation, we must systematically transmit these instincts and attitudes to succeeding cohorts. Through National Education, we must make these instincts and attitudes part of the cultural DNA which makes us Singaporeans” .SPEECH BY BG LEE HSIEN LOONG, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AT THE LAUNCH OF NATIONAL EDUCATIONON SATURDAY 17 MAY 1997 AT TCS TV THEATRE AT 9.30 AM
6SS was thus introduced in 2001 based on the recommendations made by the NE Committee in 1997. SS Syllabus was organised around the six NE messages.FocusSingapore’s road to nationhoodPrinciples of governanceregional and international developmentsissues which would affect survival and growth ofSingapore in a competitive world.
7NE MESSAGES 1 Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong We must preserve racial and religious harmony.23We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility4No one owes Singapore a living.5We must ourselves defend Singapore.6We have confidence in our future.
8GOALS OF SOCIAL STUDIES to instil in our students a sense of national identityto build in them a deep sense of commitment towards the nation as responsible citizens.to develop in them a more mature global outlook by learning from the experiences of developed and developing countries in building socially cohesive and economically viable societies
9At the upper secondary level, the Social Studies syllabus is organised around the six National Education (NE) themesIt focuses on Singapore’s road to nationhood, principles of governance, regional and international developments, and issues which may affect the survival and growth of Singapore in a competitive world
10Review of the SS Syllabus Based on the six-year curriculum review cycle, a mid-term syllabus review was conducted in 2003.- Syllabus was reduced and content which were outdated and examples that were inappropriate were removed.- Content cut represented 31.7% of the 2001 syllabus.
11Why review?To make the subject stay relevant and future oriented to meet the needs of our students and society.To include new thrusts in education for e.g. Innovation and Enterprise.To infuse NE messages subtly rather than using them as an on going framework.Minimise content overlap with History and Geography.
12Head, Heart, Hands Framework Recommended by the Committee on NE in March 2007, and guides the next phase of NE.
132007 REVISED SOCIAL SYLLABUS Two twin core ideasWith 183 year tradition, much of what RI was, is and will be, stems from this articulation of the Motto and Mission.Both of which reflect the key core mission of RI in producing leaders for Singapore and Singapore society.In many ways, the way ahead, the direction forward and leadership for RI all along are predetermined by a calling that transcends the many individuals within the schoolIt is a calling that culminates from the voices past and present that reside within the communities that have shaped and continue to shape RI;And the voices that reside within the walls of RI that call out to all within.The individuals like myself and the key personnel within RI basically respond to that calling as Stewards of the school before we pass on the baton to the next.Vision – though crafted more than 7-8 years ago, remain relevant to the context of challenges facing the role of our Boys in future and the role of RI as a premier educational institution;the ‘world-class’ is the keyword for the strategic directions of RI going forward for the next few years.Being RootedLiving GlobalA thematic approach is adopted to organise the syllabus content so thatStudents can make connections among the different topics, enablingthem to understand the key issues affecting Singapore and the world.
142007 Revised SyllabusAims & Objectivesdevelop our students into well-informed,responsible citizens with a national identity andable to understand the issues that affect thesocio- economic developments, the governanceand the future of Singapore;learn from the experiences of other countries tobuild and sustain a politically, viable, sociallycohesive and economically vibrant Singapore;
15develop thinking and process skills which are Aims & Objectivesdevelop thinking and process skills which areessential for lifelong and independent learning;have a deep sense of shared destiny andnational identitydevelop into citizens who have empathytowards others and will participate responsibly and sensibly in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society and develop into responsible citizens with a global perspective.
16Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes Study the past through varied socio -cultural perspectives over time and space;Understand the structure of govt and its function in a contemporary societyRecognise importance of good governance and the roles and responsibilities of effective citizensunderstand the dynamics of living in a multi-ethnic environment and recognise the significance of social cohesion within a diverse society;Understand the scarcity of resources affects the way in which resources are allocated and managed and recognise that informed decisions are made base on the choices available; andUnderstand the global interconnectedness and interdependence among world societies and recognise the need to adapt to the changing world environment.
17Values and AttitudesAppreciate the implications of various decisions, actions and relationshipsRespect and value diverse perspectives and cultural and historical backgrounds of people and work towards peaceful relationshipsAppreciate the importance of living in an interdependent community with increasing global connectionsRecognise the value of participating as ethical, active and informed citizens in a democratic society within a global communityExperience and appreciate their ability to influence the present and the future