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Comment on Scholar’s Glamorization.

March 10, 2009

While browsing through the “Nation Building in Singapore” forum post, I saw a thread which lament on the glamorization of scholars, and how it may discourage entrepreneurship. And obviously, his post was countered by the others for the following reasons:

1) Scholars are assessed not solely based on their academic result, but also some other vital skills that may be needed in entrepreneurship.

2) The GLC would provide essential grooming to the scholars to become an entrepreneur, should they wish to do so after the bondage.

I do not understand entrepreneurship to know what kind of people would succeed in it, or whether scholars are more probably in venturing into entrepreneurship and otherwise.

However, I would like to propose, that the glamorization of scholars, leads a small cluster of Singapore society to believe that scholars are definitely above non scholars.

I think this is what the thread opener concern with, rather than the possible decline of entrepreneurship.

I said small cluster, because this proposition is only based on my personal observation. Just a small cluster.

This group of people believe that the meritocratic and the interview system widely practiced in Singapore are flawless, or at least near perfect. And hence scholars are definitely better than non-scholars at least in some aspects, such as thinking skill.

Well, I tend to think that any system , provided it is done and supervised by human, cannot escape of flaws.

Interview performance is largely based on the charisma and the ability of a person to present themselves. And having the skill to persuade and influence others, are the criteria of whether a person is a good leader or not.

I am unable to think of a better system than this (due to my poor judgment skills). However, I think that a good leader is not only one who is charismatic and influential. More importantly, he must be able to handle crisis and solve problem.

And I guess it is indeed hard to assess this, because an interviewee may present “convincingly” on how good they are in problem solving, without having any real experiences. In crude terms, a person who can talk is not necessarily someone who can do.

Probably this is why I have seen scholars who likes to slack and perform very poorly academically(again, some, but not all. Some scholars are simply….formidable) , and doesn’t seem to have much thinking and practical crisis solving skills. (They are very fluent in conversing and charismatic though)

In addition, as a human, we always change, in terms of ability and personality. Especially university life, which introduce a lot of variable in a person’s life. A non scholar may improve, and eventually surpass those who are deemed to be more prestigious and more likely to succeed.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. junyu permalink
    March 15, 2009 8:51 am

    Hmm…I think the university is more training you to be a good employee than teaching you of much knowledge. If we want to learn more, various ways we can approach. But to be a good employee, the university has to meet society`s needs. So a person with better communication skills has a advantage over a person with better academic grades. Because the knowledge we use in a company is different from what we learn in our schools. Thus, many employers believe scholars are definitely above non scholars.
    On the other hand, a leader do not have to be able to handle crisis and solve problem. A leader is a person who can maximize the effectiveness of a team not a person with much knowledge and problem-solving skills.
    Anyway, just my personal view.

  2. RaiulBaztepo permalink
    March 29, 2009 8:48 am

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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