education – what is really valued and important

the answer to the above can be glimpsed from the recent speech by our minister at the teachers’ conference event. below is para. 15 i copy-n-pasted:

“15. Beyond these very important shifts in what we teach and how we teach, our students will also pick up important cues from their school environment regarding what is really valued and important. For our students to value their holistic development, they must perceive that their schools strike a good balance in the educational experiences designed for them. Schools ought to prioritise character development and the development of attributes that will put the students in good stead for the future. An over obsession with grades and over obsession with the outcomes, rather than the process of school programmes, will run counter to the intent of what we seek to achieve. In other words, we must find the balance between what can be measured (grades) and what can only be observed (values and character). As Einstein once said, ‘[n]ot everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.’

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reincarnation, what is

in a moment ago, i borrowed this from Su Bong Zen Monastery:

During a kong-an interview, a student asked Sifu an important doctrinal question.

Student: Sifu, what is reincarnation?

Sifu: Just right now where did you come from?

Student: The Dharma room.

Sifu: This is reincarnation.

Student: Hahaha. Thank you, Sifu, for your teaching.

Commentary:

Past and Future depend on this very moment. Past cannot be fixed. Future not yet come. Only this very moment is what we need to take care of. When good and bad appear in front of us, they are not for us to attach to them. Correctly use this good and bad to make correct life. Correct life means to make use of this moment and become clear with love and wisdom. That is why in Zen we say past and future do not exist. We only have this moment. This is how we truly use reincarnation.

taking another moment to acknowledge Su Bong Zen Monastery for sharing this little piece to enable us to become clear(er) with love and wisdom (: