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Book that is educational for students, teachers and parents

Jan 2003    

The Education of Highly Creative People (Armour Publishing)

By ACS “O” Level Class of ’64
“A” Level Class of ’66
Edited by: Kenneth Lyen, John Tan Yew How, Winston Tan Tien Hin, Vincent Chen

I HAVE been a teacher and parent for 40 odd years and having read these letters from “…Dad to Son”, I am convinced that the writers have effectively found the way to communicate relevant issues with secondary school-going children and everyone who takes the task of education seriously.

The topics, “On Education”, “On Creativity”, “On Life” and “The Education of Highly Creative People”, will appeal to the reader as the short essays are in the voices of those who have been through the demands and joys of school life.

Which student is not concerned about examinations? Who is not crushed by failure but wants understanding and motivation to try again? How does one not want to get more hints on being a better student or parent or teacher?

The conversational tone used in addressing these problems and more, shows neither down-talking to the young reader nor disrespect for the teacher. It appeals and convinces the need to change and for the better.

Although much valuable space is given to “Famous Dropouts and Underachievers”, it does fulfil its objective to motivate and inspire.

The writers’ nostalgic trip back to their childhood in the early 50s and 60s in Singapore only lends credibility and sincerity to what they desire to share with their “son”.

What makes the book more readable is the refreshing illustrations by Tan Keng Chiew, the apt quotations and photographs accompanying each essay.

The writers provide much food for thought on the larger theme of the book, which is on education. Their intention is seen in these statements: “Education is the key to our future. It needs to be constantly updated to meet the rapid changes and challenges of today.”

They provide some answers but in collaboration with educationists, creative education will be the norm soon.

Veronica R. Poore is Chairman of the Local Church Executive Committee of Short Street Tamil Methodist Church.

QUOTE:

CREDIBILITY AND SINCERITY

‘The writers’ nostalgic trip back to their childhood in the early 50s and 60s in Singapore only lends credibility and sincerity to what they desire to share with their “son” … They provide much food for thought on the larger theme of the book, which is on education.’

Lives and  Legends  of the Saints

SAINTS represent the greatest human qualities which we strive to possess in our own lives.

That is why legends abound of their bravery, selfishness and love for others.

Classic artworks in this book complement the tales of these saints which will live, as your gift, in the heart of a loved one this new year.

To order, email: service@openbook.com.au

Jesus of  Nazareth

THE paintings in this book demonstrate not only artistic genius at work, but reveal the triumphant mystery of Jesus Christ and His salvation of the world.

Any lover of great art will delight in this highly spiritual book, which looks at the solitary life of Jesus that changed the world.

You can order this book by emailing: service@openbook.com.au

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