05 Feb '12, 9am

[TOC] It’s up to students to speak out

[TOC] It’s up to students to speak out

An American exchange student's lament about the state of academic freedom and the political culture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has ruffled more than a few feathers among students here. In an article published in the Yale Daily News, Mr Walker Vincoli launches a stinging critique of student freedom at NUS, casting aspersions on 'the ability of students and faculty to engage their own country's politics'. Relating his experience in a course on government and politics of Singapore, he argues that the minds of undergraduates are imprisoned by self-censorship. Having taken the module in question and others on Singapore politics, history and society, I have never felt constrained by any presupposed out-of-bounds markers governing the limits of sociopolitical discourse. In fact, some of our instructors took pains to emphasise that the opinions of all were not o...

Full article: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2012/02/its-up-to-students-to...

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