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Based on your observations, experiences and using relevant examples, documents, and statistics (where appropriate) to substantiate your proposition, describe how you think Singapore families today are changing.

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Topic 4: Stakeholders in Singapore Education (Individual Written Response) Issue: Based on your observations, experiences and using relevant examples, documents, and statistics (where appropriate) to substantiate your proposition, describe how you think Singapore families today are changing. What implications do you think the changing family may have for you as professional educators? For example, what do you think " review(ing) our role in this area" means? Singapore has certainly come a long way from its days as a nondescript fishing village in the Malay Archipelago to the advanced and wealthy nation that it is today. In fact, Singapore's progress is so remarkable that our standard of living can rival that of countries like Switzerland, Japan etc. In Singapore, the number of dual-income households has been on the rise due to the high costs of living and the desire of many families to maintain a comfortable standard of living. This means that women choose to remain in the workforce even after marriage and child-bearing. ...read more.

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This is because, without elders living under the same roof, they cannot help lessen the parents' burden by helping to supervise, care for and discipline the children. Furthermore, with grandparents not being part of the nucleated family structure, the children are deprived of the opportunity to mingle and learn from their elders who have plentiful life experiences. Hence, the rise of nucleus families in recent times, coupled with the demanding work schedules of modern parents, will contribute to the lack of supervision of our youths. Matters are aggravated in single-parent families as it is certainly no easy task for the sole parent to juggle the roles of both breadwinner and caregiver well at the same time. In recent years, parental supervision has also taken on a new challenge as the youths of today have easy access to the Internet. Young people are exposed to a wide array of information that can be both beneficial and damaging. ...read more.

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Such initiatives have the dual benefits of keeping students occupied and preventing them from loitering aimlessly outside after school hours since their parents are usually too busy at work to check if they have reached home after school. Teachers can consider volunteering themselves to such causes by staying back in schools to provide coaching in studies to those who need it or just simply, to provide a listening ear to our disenchanted youths. However, in reality, time constraints on the teachers' part may hinder the take-off and success of such initiatives. To summarize, I feel that teachers nowadays need to be budding psychologists, counselors, motivators etc in addition to the role of an imparter of knowledge. Therefore, teachers have to constantly upgrade themselves in all areas in order to address the myriad of problems that seem to be plaguing our youths today and I hope this will answer the question of: "what do you think " review(ing) our role in this area" means?" as stated in the issue above. Done by: Ho Kai Shyuan, S7922253D TR 19 ...read more.

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