Anderson JC GP Prelims paper 1 2017

JC General Paper
  1. Should small countries be allowed to take the lead in global affairs?
  2. To what extent can the Arts effect positive social change today?
  3. ‘Experiences are more valuable than material possessions.’ Do you agree?
  4. ‘People in the workplace should embrace, rather than fear, technological advancements.’ Discuss.
  5. ‘The news today deals with what is popular, rather than what is important.’ How far do you agree with this statement?
  6. Evaluate the claim that a more connected world has resulted in greater divisions.
  7. ‘Public figures today are overly concerned about what people think of them.’ What is your view?
  8. Consider the view that there is no value in slowing down in today’s competitive world.
  9. Discuss the appeal and value of creativity in your society.
  10. Considering the increasing threat of terrorism, are governments justified in limiting people’s rights?
  11. To what extent is animal testing acceptable in scientific research?
  12. ‘Economic development is favoured at the expense of the welfare of people.’ How true is this of your society?
Temasek JC GP Prelim Paper 1 2017

Temasek JC GP Prelim Paper 1 2017

JC General Paper

Temasek Junior College 8807 H1 General Paper Paper 1 2017

  1. Can government surveillance eradicate the threat of terrorism?
  2. Examine the claim that globalization creates equal opportunities for all.
  3. ‘The government is not doing enough to support local sportsmen in your society.’ What is your view?
  4. To what extent is a universal language desirable?
  5. Should people in your society be fearful of the future?
  6. ‘Graciousness is lost as society progresses.’ Is this an accurate reflection of your society?
  7. How far do you agree that technology gives us greater control in life?
  8. Consider the view that what is posted online is all talk and no action.
  9. ‘Failure should never be acceptable.’ Discuss.
  10. Do you agree that only parents should be allowed to discipline their children?
  11. Is volunteerism always good?
  12. ‘The world today values appearance over substance.’ Is this a fair comment?
Tampines GP Prelim Paper 1 2017

Tampines GP Prelim Paper 1 2017

JC General Paper

Tampines Junior College 8807 H1 General Paper Paper 1 2017

  1. How realistic is it for your society to embrace diversity?
  2. Protecting the environment should be given greater priority than eradicating poverty. How far do you agree?
  3. ‘Appearance can be deceiving.’ To what extent is this true of the media today?
  4. Discuss the view that smart devices have not made us smarter.
  5. Education is the key to solving all social problems. Discuss.
  6. Should firms have the responsibility to improve the quality of life of the communities they operate in?
  7. Assess the view that literature is of little use to society.
  8. Wealth is no guarantee of a better life. How far do you agree?
  9. History is of little significance to a modern society. Discuss.
  10. ‘Failure is always an option.’ Discuss.
  11. A free and unrestricted media is essential for society to progress. How far do you agree?
  12. How far is the arts a reflection of your society’s level of development?
ACJC Prelims paper 1 2017

ACJC Prelims paper 1 2017

JC General Paper
  1. ACJC 2017 H1 General Paper 8807 Prelim Paper 1
  2. To what extent does education prepare the young for a world that is constantly changing?
  3. ‘Science imparts knowledge but not wisdom.’ Do you agree?
  4. Have we placed too much emphasis on work today?
  5. Is being original always beneficial?
  6. ‘It is better to be feared than to be popular.’ Discuss the view with reference to leadership.
  7. Can diseases ever be eliminated?
  8. ‘The media creates more problems than benefits for politicians.’ Discuss.
  9. How far, in your society, are children a good investment?
  10. Consider the view that the poor are more likely to commit crimes than the rich.
  11. Evaluate the claim that environmental conservation is a desirable, but unrealistic, goal.
  12. ‘Music breaks all barriers.’ Can music be so powerful?
  13. ‘Economic development is key to a country’s stability.’ To what extent is this true in your society?

To those taking your prelims for GP really soon… here is an example of a prelim paper this year… Could you do these questions? What help would u need?

The value of humility in modern society

The value of humility in modern society

JC General Paper

Came across this question in class which stumps a lot of my students in answering this… It seems so contradictory right… to be humble in our modern day?

Ok let’s see what are some characteristics of our modern society first. We are driven by our pursuit of material goals, increasingly status conscious and technologically driven. So where does the value of humility fit in?

1) Humility allows us to lower ourselves and to examine our shortcomings. This virtue is especially important when it comes to dealing with business and in reflection to improve ourselves. In this modern world where it is very competitive, it is advisable for us to always examine our business but it should not hit the point of analysis paralysis.

2) We should dare to show and flaunt our wealth, status or even ability to others in order to stand out in this competitive world, otherwise how would people even recognize and take notice of us? If we do desire social status or even respect in society, the easiest and fastest way is to of course demonstrate our signs of success and flaunt wealth. Many have turned to that on social media seen from posts from #richkidsofinstagram etc. Besides such frivolous way of gaining respect, a more important reason would be for marketing needs. Marketing needs could refer to “selling” ourselves to companies in order to get that coveted job or to sell products and services to encourage consumers to purchase. One would need to “scream” in order to stand out for others to even take notice of us. Humility definitely has no value and place.

3) Humility could be expected from leaders as they are placed in a position to serve others and to demonstrate empathy. An arrogrant leader would be a definite turn off to most people as we definitely would not want our leaders to come from a moral high ground or to even impose their power, status and influence on us. Examples of such leaders would be Mother Theresa, Ghandi just to name a few. But we should take note that humility could also backfire, especially if one presents oneself to be too meek, it could be a sign of weakness and a lack of confidence. This could bring others to exploit the situation.

To what extent is humility really relevant in our modern society? It would be dependent on the context of the societies that we are in and what is the purpose we are utilising it for 🙂

 

 

Youth Unemployment (Argh!!!)

Youth Unemployment (Argh!!!)

JC General Paper

This post is a continuation of the previous blog post where we would examine the situation of youth unemployment in developed nations. But first let us understand a little bit of context of how youth unemployment comes about… Well, many have said that it is due to the structural changes of the economy, ie basically a mismatch of the skills of the workers and the economy. How did these structural changes even come about? It could be due to technological developments that displace many from their jobs due to automation, and of course the need for more specialized skills in this technologically-driven economy.

Let’s talk a look at the youth unemployment rate in Asia for a start: the highest would be Hong kong at around 15%, followed by Taiwan at 11%, South Korea at near 10%… where do you think Singapore fare? Well a quick search indicates about 6% as of 2016-2017. Singapore has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world by international standards, be it for youth or general unemployment rates even if they have been creeping up recently due to structural changes here. Life for these youths appear to be so challenging and bleak that there is a new term to describe their situation in Korea -” Hell Korea”. For those who are interested, you could take a look at this video interview where young Koreans talk about their future and whether they desire to stay there in the long run:

What is the purpose of this post? It is to highlight that the world’s economic structure has been changing fast, and it is a reminder for all young people to change and adapt in accordance to it. Your academic qualifications are no longer enough to bring you to the place and the company that you desire to work in: Young Graduated & Unemployed.

Employers expect you to have some related experience to the job. Well, I guess this has been what we have been waiting for, the day where grades no longer define us… unfortunately, it is the family background, connections and opportunities that would define and divide us increasingly…

 

Let’s talk about sense of belonging…

Let’s talk about sense of belonging…

JC General Paper

Recently I have been hooked on this youtube video: 

What caught me in my tracks was the lyrics of the song, other than the composition of the song. The lyrics go like this, “Who could bring me to fly high in the sky? … Maybe I don’t belong here and have to leave; enough with the suffering just kill me heartlessly; it is the centre of dreams yet it is out of reach; it’s the holy land to reach your dreams yet it is so bewildering; many were killed in the cruelty of reality here and disappeared; so many of them were fooled into the traps here yet all that remain are lifeless corpse.”

I could totally identify with the lyrics being a young adult myself who have many friends who are currently at the crossroads of life, struggling to find a job that could balance their dreams and the responsibility of feeding their families… on top of having to deal with the crushing expectations that society has of us, and not to mention that the job market isn’t exactly favourable right now. This has gotten me thinking about the lives of the younger Singaporeans, about our generation and whether we feel a sense of belonging and that we would have a stake of the city’s dreams and prosperity.

I do not know about you, but what do you make out of your future? Do you feel and could identify with the protagonist in the music video about how city life could be a place where many are seduced to come, and leave feeling disillusioned? City could be a place where dreams are crushed instead of fulfilling them?

Let’s talk about the environment

Let’s talk about the environment

JC General Paper

A rather boringgggg yet simple topic to handle for the A levels. Most of the environment questions are asking about whether economic growth conflicts with environmental preservation… Let’s talk a look at how this issue could be approached…

No both growth and preservation could be handled together: citizens are getting more eco-conscious and could force their governments to be likewise using their votes; growth could always be attained with preservation especially if the country is interested in eco-tourism and sustainable development; some governments would only take a look at preservation of the environment after they have attained some form of growth (ie. spending money on renewable energies once they could afford them).

No growth and preservation of the environment always conflict with one another: this is especially the case for developing countries where they need to harness the environment in terms of resources to pursue growth; the burning of fossil fuels and industrialization would necessarily lead to more pollution; the culture of consumerism where individuals consume mindlessly would put factories into an overdrive to produce, to pollute and to deal with the environmental problems later on.

These are just some discussion pointers, we would need to consider the context when writing our essays! How developing countries versus developed countries would look at the issue would differ greatly!

Let’s talk about terrorism!

Let’s talk about terrorism!

JC General Paper

Terrorism has been an ongoing threat in many parts of the world. Once in a while, we could hear of lone wolf attacks that are occurring overseas. Just yesterday Brussels was hit by an attempted terrorist attack, and recently there was a London Bridge attack as well. Gun shooting cases are also heard of once in a while in the US. Such occurrence goes to show how terrorism is more prevalent than what it seems!

With these in mind, this brings me to the question of whether it is possible to eradicate terrorism in our society… I would like to argue that it is pretty difficult to do so as these terrorists are often faceless/nameless and it would be difficult for the authorities to track them down. Second thing it would be difficult to predict the nature of these terrorist attacks given how terrorism has changed across time with the facilitation of technology. Attacks could possibly operate with greater stealth and on a faster rate than before. Finally, terrorism is often a symptom of a larger problem on hand such as discrimination that is evident in society or even poverty etc. It is merely an outlet for them to express their frustrations and gain attention to resolve the issue on hand. It is unlikely for them to resort to this mean if other means have already worked.

However, we should not be too pessimistic with regards to reducing or minimising terrorism in our society. Education could be an effective platform to dispel these issues and to disseminate information that terrorism is not the right method for one to fight for what they want. Second, terrorism in the form of radicalism and all would not bode well for those seeking peace and prosperity, hence it would be unlikely for one to support this method in the long run.

What do you guys think? Would it be possible for society to eradicate terrorism?

 

Let’s talk about money!!! (arts funding)

Let’s talk about money!!! (arts funding)

JC General Paper

We all know that arts is a common topic that comes out year after year for the A levels. Should you choose to specialize in this topic, you would need to understand the issues and complexity that come along with state funding of the arts. Of course, funding does come with tangible and intangible benefits and let’s have a look at some of these.

Monetary benefits of funding: the arts put people to work; it attracts tourism revenue; creates a distinctive brand identity; it helps to develop rural development and infrastructure by allowing small businesses to be created through small handicraft sales; ability to attract the much needed foreign direct investment (FDI) into the state to improve the arts sector; link up with the overseas arts production houses for a collaboration.

Educational and work benefits of funding: arts students are apparently more critical and analytical; have better social and interpersonal skills that is needed for the new workforce, the arts industry also helps to address a shortage of creative workers; the arts help to keep students in schools by giving them a platform to express themselves etc.

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Civic benefits of funding: the arts foster civic participation and a strong democracy; brings public spaces to life; contribute to community vitality etc.

As we can see there are various benefits that could be reaped through state funding of the arts. Next, this would beg the question of whether one would be overly dependent on state funding that it cripples the flourishing of the whole industry? Should states fund the arts when they are not doing well economically? Well to put things into perspective, most state funding for the arts take up around 2.8% of the total revenue of the state. So that is really up to you to decide right? 🙂

If you have any queries or comments that you would like to raise, let us know regarding this topic. We would be happy to engage.