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Letter in The Straits Times of Singapore notes research of UW-Madison’s Apple

September 13, 2016

A recent letter in The Straits Times -- an English-language daily broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore –- makes note of research conducted by UW-Madison’s Michael Apple.

Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.

Michael Apple
The letter, from Ng Qi Siang, begins: “I am heartened by the news of Pioneer Junior College's Ms Natasha Ann Lum's receipt of the President's Scholarship ("Discarding the 'top school' mentality"; Monday). However, such stories are the exception rather than the norm. Educational inequality is still an obstacle to talented students in neighborhood schools obtaining success. Government scholarships are granted to students based not only on their ability to do well in examinations, but also their ability to think critically.”

The letter continues: “This ability to think critically is not something common to students in all schools. A recent study by the National Institute of Education's Leonel Lim and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Michael W. Apple revealed pedagogical inequalities in Singapore schools.”

The research being referenced is titled, “Elite rationalities and curricular form: ‘Meritorious’ class reproduction in the elite thinking curriculum in Singapore.” It can be viewed here.

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