Teachers here not as respected as those in China, Malaysia, Taiwan and even New Zealand

By Atans1

Do Singaporeans reckon teachers here are "very mediocre people" ?

"If teachers want to have high status they should work in classrooms in China, Malaysia or Taiwan, because an international survey suggests these are the countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem."


Singapore ranks at number 10 only because money talks, bullshit walks? It would appear a person in our society is only entitled to an amount of respect commensurate with the size of his/her salary: https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-invisible-people-class-conscious-society

Top 10 for teacher status

1. China

2. Malaysia

3. Taiwan

4. Russia

5. Indonesia

6. South Korea

7. Turkey

8. India

9. New Zealand

10. Singapore

Lest one forgets, Goh Chok Tong previously opined.....

that those in the private sector earning less than $1m are “very mediocre people”. And that the PAP only chose ministers from the private sector if they were earning $1m or more.

Ex-PM’s obsession with money causing PAP problems

Anyone using money to distinguish between “mediocre” and “not mediocre” is thinking of people “in terms of social class or income”.

Don’t tell us, tell ex-PM, Indranee Rajah

As the article The 'invisible' people in a class-conscious society clearly demonstrates, status and money no doubt are very intertwined in Singapore, yet it might seem all too convenient to blame the PAP government for this sad state of affairs. What do you think?

This post was first published over at the Thoughts of a Cynical Investor blog on 12 November 2018. It is reproduced with permission.


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