Jennifer wrote:lee_yl wrote:Thanks for sharing, interesting information on the stringent selection of PSC scholars. Only disconcerting point is the last sentence, which threw all the selection tests into doubt as Mr. Lee admitted that the process cannot predict how the 19-yr old would turn out at 25 or 30.
I think we need to take a first step in everything we set out to do. Then moderate the plans as we go along.
The book is worth reading as we understand why he carried out certain policies. We get to know that not all scholar candidates in his team delivered and had to be let go.
I am now in the chapter on graduate males marrying graduate females so that the offspring are smart too. Recalled some time ago sb in ksp shared sth similar - to have smart children, the man must marry a smart or smarter woman than he is. Mr Lee based this on what he had read and observed in Sg as well as other parts of the world.
Mr Lee was also concerned that the talent pool to be recruited into the public service is harder to find now as many young people are unwilling to enter into public service. His grandchildren included.
One thing you have to admire in Mr. Lee is his straight talking, no other politician in the world would talk as candidly about the offspring of graduate parents being brighter. Back then, there were even financial incentives given for non-graduate mothers to undergo sterilization. This was a highly controversial issue and many were upset then. Up till now, I am not sure that graduate parents indeed produce brighter children. The more pressing issue then and now, is the continued tendency for highly educated women to marry late (or remain single).
The availability of more talents outside the Civil Service may not be a bad thing as the usual complaint is that the public sector has a monopoly on talents with the well-established scholarship programme and well-paying careers. Among Mr. Lee's grandsons, one took the PSC scholarship and another is in the public sector.