The gruelling week had all been lessons to learn, activities to discuss on, lectures to attend although it is optional; and the glory of the teachers who won the affection of their student: congratulations to them. The tasks at hand had just started, and the assignments handed to them by their student of their groups, are tasks to be completed in the next five years. The challenges had just begun, and I have a feeling some of the teachers are still enjoying their life in limbo. Here is my analysis.
The main group of teachers, who have long standing track record, though old, believed that they are still capable to lead, to teach/preach for more years to come. This group of teachers are sometimes arrogant, unconscious of the needs that their student requires, and are pretty old fashion, or outdated in some ways. There are a few who are willing to learn, and further progress in order to keep up with the time, and better to lead their student by being better role models. In this, I have to give them their due credits, and not classifying them bad sheep just because a few of them are black.
So though this group have a well mix of white and black sheep, I would just single out the blacks for further analysis. This group of black sheep, though teachers in their rights by vote, were made up of old-timers, and largely primitive to the “good old ways” of organising their lectures and preaches. It was no mistake that a speech has to hold some firm convictions, and stand of goal, but a serious mistake to make a blatant threat to your student. Threat likes “Repent the next five years if you choose the opposition”, are just plain old-school, and will not be accepted by the majority. You may once be an influential teacher, always having your student enrapt in your speeches. At times then, speeches have to be bold, very firm, and cast out like a lion ready to pounce on its prey. Your student then accepts such method of speech with a mix of awe and submissiveness, as it was at times then, where such method of speech proves you as a teacher, a leader, worthy to hold the place in parliament. They salute you then, in 1965.
The time is now, year 2011. Almost half a century has past. In terms of technology, and sociology of human, the rate of technology advancement has increase more than triple, and it has affected human sociology in more ways than one. So said that politics are a study in part to social science, therefore the rate of improvement should be running in parallel to sociology. With such improvements, people evolved; views the way of governance differently, and have different expectations, though largely influenced by the way the world seem smaller now with technology advancement. Threats and fears are thing of the past. With this information in mind, the statement previously made, would irritate the people of this time more than it did 45 years ago. This is how I define and analyse the black sheep of the group. This group ought to be advised not to be too pompous; reflect on your result given to you by your student, and update yourself in the next five years.
Another group is a different mix of old and mostly new. Some are old in terms of experience in the scene to a small percentage, and new to the newly inaugurated, and thus inexperienced. They have won the respect of their students, and were accepted by most by their sheer conviction and promises to their students to lead as better role models. This group just tasted the top layer of sweetness in a whole package of challenges ahead. Untested yet, they rely on the experience of a few old-timers, who are eager to teach them, and who they themselves are eager to please. They are lucky to have the next five years to prove their worth, and with the slight increase in power to the parliament, to test their strength in the art of persuasion and calibration. When I mention calibration to this group of teachers, I expect the readers to wonder why I made such definition. This group are calibrators to the group of black sheep mentioned earlier. They are tasked to question the motive of the black sheep, and to steer this group of heads out of the clouds where they have been hiding their proud heads for years.
The coming five years will be a time of challenges to both the old and the new. There will be a lot of learning from the old to the new, and a lot of calibration from the new to the old. Indeed, the outlook of the country that is as small as a red dot on the Atlas is promising and I personally hope to see a better evolved government, in tune to the latest era, and ready to bring the country to greater heights.
No more “Repenting”, Singapore!