31 Jan '11, 3am

Commentary: If Singapore has 1 thing to teach US, it's about taking governing seriously & thinking strategically

I am in Gan Eng Seng Primary School in a middle-class neighbourhood of Singapore and the principal, Ms Aw Ai Ling, has me visiting a fifth-grade science class. All the 11-year-old boys and girls are wearing junior white lab coats with their names on them. Outside in the hall, yellow police tape has blocked off a"crime scene" and lying on a floor, bloodied, is a fake body that has been murdered. The class is learning about DNA through the use of fingerprints, and their science teacher has turned the students into little CSI detectives. They have to collect fingerprints from the scene and then break them down. I missed that DNA lesson when I was in fifth grade. When I asked the principal whether this was part of the national curriculum, she said no. She just had a great science teacher, she said, and was aware that Singapore was making a big push to expand its biotech indust...

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