Preserving the Art of Thinking

Jul 17, 2014 6:00 PM (GMT+8) The HEAD Foundation 20 Upper Circular Road #02-21 The Riverwalk Singapore 058416

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The ASEAN ministers of education announced after a regional conference that in future their systems of education should encourage independent thinking, critical judgement, and individual creativity. Such skills are found in the arts and humanities rather than in the hard sciences where knowledge of facts is dominant and rote learning normal. This new emphasis revives ancient ideals and is needed so as to help the development of attitudes that contribute to responsible citizenship - a key contributor to advanced levels of wealth and quality of life. It keeps civilisations alive. The lecture considers this debate.

Professor Gordon Redding, co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems, examines several explanations for this and the common denominators proposed in success or failure. 

This free lecture is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think-tank devoted to research and policy advice in the fields of higher education and societal development in Asia. 

The HEAD Foundation welcomes all who are interested in its fields of enquiry and policy.

Preserving the Art of Thinking

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