Singapore School Teaching Dating Skills to Students

During my Junior College days, my class teacher prohibited my class from having boy-girl relationships (BGR). She wants us to focus on learning and scoring As.

But times have changed! The Singapore government are actually trying to gets its citizen “to mate and multiply” by introducing a Class to Polytechnic Students – “Love Relations for LIfe: A Journey of Romance, Love and Sexuality”.

There was giggling and banter among the students, but that was all part of the course as their teacher, Suki Tong, led them into the basics of dating, falling in love and staying together….

Man, I wonder how would I score for this course.

“Teaching our youth in school how to fall in love” is a good solution, wrote Andy Ho, a senior writer at The Straits Times….

This really struck me a lot. Spoonfeeding is the basis of Singapore’s and Malaysia’s Education System, where many work on Past Year Papers, go to Tuition Centers to study Model Answers for Exam questions,etc. And now, are we resorting to “Spoonfeeding” to teach our younger generation how to fall in love? Giving our younger generation textbook solutions to fall in love, getting married, get kids, etc… Will this inhibit intuition, passion, natural forces of attraction, imagination? Is this detrimental to the relationship itself? I really do not know. But this is surely very strange to me.

Some questions that came to my mind is: Will the urge of finding the special someone and “falling in love” become artificial? Artificial, something that is cultivated by our teachers instead of driven by the forces of nature?

Over the past 25 years, the mating rituals organized by the government — tea dances, wine tastings, cooking classes, cruises, screenings of romantic movies — have been among the country’s least successful social engineering programs….

It will be interesting to see how this one goes.



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