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April 5, 2012

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, education, faith, human quality, life challenges, Singapore, talent.
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Impressive student. He could have gone the other way round given the life he had. Children of divorced parents are either ending up with gangs or they fight all their way up. Unfortunately a huge majority choose the former. Grades don’t tell a persons talent. But it does tell you if they could follow rules. In schools those who can follow are either they are very bright to know how to be talented as well as following class, or they could be just following what is being taught and spit them all out in exams. This kind of student can still pass on very well, which to me is not talent. A persons motivation and aspirations changes all the time. It is often that this force is the one that makes a talent. It sounds weird from me, but our education system should allow more of these people to come up; including those who have overseas qualifications. So far, if I am not wrong, this is in if the student has local qualifications. Like the post very much and thanks for sharing!

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David Hoe is not your average undergraduate. His parents filed for divorce on his fifth birthday; consequently, he had to live alone with his mother – who, unfortunately, had been blinded after a cataract operation as a result of a medical negligence – before she passed away when he was twelve. It has been a life fraught with immense challenges. In order to make ends meet, young David had to sell tissues and knick-knacks on the streets with his blind mother; unsurprisingly, this dysfunctional lifestyle certainly had associated ramifications – initially – for his academic-scholastic performance.

Despite his less-than-privileged background and experiences, he has since made remarkable progress, and is now an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

This year, David is organising the second edition of I Am Talented (here), a programme for secondary school students in the Normal stream to discover their potential talents from…

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