Moral Ethics Curriculum and Classics Reading Activities in Singapore

Author
LEE Cheuk Yin

Source
International Journal of Chinese Language Education; Dec 2017; Issue No. 2; p.45 - 70

Publisher
Department of Chinese Language Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
Chinese Language Program, Columbia University
Chung Hwa Book Co. (H.K.) Ltd.

Abstract
Singapore is a migrant society, with multi-racial and multi-cultural characteristics from the very beginning. The government promotes shared values, but at the same time encourages citizens to preserve their cultural roots. The stories and case studies in the primary level Civics and Moral Education textbooks fully demonstrate this appeal. In the secondary level, the curriculum further enhance mutual understanding among different races, in particular their religious beliefs and customs, in order to build a harmonious society. It is obvious that Singapore’s moral education curriculum has strong Confucian element, but some schools and organizations with deep-rooted Chinese background advocate child Classics learning in recent years to supplement regular curriculum. It has become a popular trend and caused widespread concern.

Keywords
Singapore Confucian ethics moral education shared values children classics reading

Language
Chinese

ISSN
2520-7733 (Print); 2521-4241 (Online)

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