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Singapore - yes you can copy my working.

Having moved to Malaysia to teach, I have become more aware of the educational achievements of their close neighbor Singapore. In 1965, Singapore became an independent nation with few natural resources. So the country's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew developed a strategy to develop Singapore's only natural resource - the people of the newly formed state of Singapore. 53 years later, Singapore’s education system is lauded as being one of the best in the world. PISA rankings constantly have the country at the top by a margin as illustrated below.  So with this in mind, surely Singapore must have something to offer the world of teaching. However, it appears few countries are asking just what makes Singapore head of the class. The reasons for this are most likely manifold. Traditionally, Singapore has tended to favor a more teacher-directed instructional approach also known as didactic teaching. That contrasts with the present global preference, at least in Western