University of Wisconsin–Madison

Keith C. Barton

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
February 10, 2017
206 Ingraham Hall

“Don’t be like other countries!” Promoting national identity in Singapore schools

Keith C. Barton
Professor of Curriculum Studies and Social Studies Education
Indiana University

It’s not surprising that schools tell national stories meant to develop certain kinds of citizens, but it’s less obvious how they use stories of other nations for the same purpose. This talk compares curricula in the United States, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, and Singapore, with a focus on how young people in Singapore learn about other countries as cautionary tales that warn of vulnerability and the need for harmony.