One Aspiration

Eric Khoo

I once wrote a piece on Royston Tan for TIME Magazine. Royston didn’t learn to read till a very late age and he would be what most would consider a school failure, but he has learnt to tell a story through film.

My eldest son, when he was eleven years old, wrote a first-person story about a slave boy’s struggle for freedom, after doing research. The piece of work was for history class. This kind of assignment gets the creative juices flowing and sows the early seeds of creative production.

When my boys were younger, I used to create bedtime stories with four characters to represent the four of them. The stories would be about real life situations, like the war in Iraq, but told in the form of a fantasy, complete with flying saucers and superhuman powers. And I would make the boys ponder over whether X should be saved or Y sacrificed, so that the sharing is really about moral values, which are very important.

ERIC KHOO / FILM-MAKER //


Cheah Mei Sing

Dance is an uncertain pursuit. Body changes during puberty and Injuries sustained can affect a dancer's career. Yet, I would not live my life any other way, because when I dance, I am in touch with my senses. The music, the movement and how the body stretches beyond its limits motivate me. Living and breathing the arts and being immersed in it cultivate passion, and provide nourishment for the soul.

Let children do what they love; allow them to be in an environment where they are happy learning. Then they may grow to be generous in spirit.

CHEAH MEI SING / TEACHING FACULTY, DANCE / FACULTY OF DANCE / SCHOOL OF THE ARTS //


Prof Jackie Ying

I have returned to Singapore with my daughter because I want her to get a great education and grow up in our multi-lingual environment.

Jackie Ying, Executive Director, Institute of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology, had everything going for her at MIT. Then one day, A*STAR Chairman, Mr Philip Yeo, knocked on her door.

To read the full story, please refer to the publication available at major bookstores in Singapore.

PROF JACKIE YI-RU YING / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / INSTITUTE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, SINGAPORE //


Stanley Tan

I believe that education in the classroom must be complemented by education in the sports field. Where else can you learn team work and people skills?

To realise his dream of competing in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Stanley Tan, a lawyer, is six years behind his peers at Law School; but he has no regrets.

To read the full story, please refer to the publication available at major bookstores in Singapore.

STANLEY TAN / OLYMPIAN / LAWYER //


Prof Edward Teo

If in secondary school, I have had the opportunity to learn from a university don who could guide me in my research, that would have been the highlight of my school career. Physics is exciting, and it affects people’s life more than most would imagine. Just think of the computer and the role of quantum physics in technology. But research is not easy. When I did postgraduate studies under the tutelage of Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University, I witnessed him making an educated guess based on his very deep insights on the discipline. Hawking’s guess would almost always be right, but he is a master while the rest of us have to work hard. To pursue research, students need passion and an interest so deep that it will carry them beyond what a 9-to-5 job requires of them. They need to be inquisitive and willing to challenge established ideas. They need to work hard and not count on inspired moments to descend on them.

PROF EDWARD TEO / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR / DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS / NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE / NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE //

Read the book for

  • local artiste Tan Kheng Hua’s hopes for her child.
  • former-actor-current-banker James Lye’s wish for his child.
  • SMU’s Professor of English, Dr Kirpal Singh’s ideal classroom.
  • Singapore Science Centre’s Director, Dr Chew Tuan Chiong’s suggestion on how to spark wonder in our children.
  • our trainee teachers’ aspirations.
  • our children’s dreams, and more.