Commentary: YaleNUS students, why so elitist?

Sep 13, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership AI

This opinion piece was submitted by a Fathership reader. All emphasis are the author's.

Why so elitist?

Dear Representatives of the Students of Yale-NUS College (2013 – 2025),

In your recent letter, you called for donors to divest from NUS and demand for NUS leadership to reverse the merger between YNC and USP in the name of preserving the future of liberal arts education in Singapore and in Asia. So, all current and future students at NUS to be punished just because the elite few cannot have the “campus experience” they prefer?

An amazon sense of entitlement.

The sheer arrogance of it all.

Toxic cancel culture at its best. Well done.

My question to you – is it really such a bad move for Singapore to pioneer a home-grown liberal arts college for the future Singaporeans you so dearly want to inspire?

The YNC students and alumni who are fiercely against the merger seemed to carry the impression that the New College is a ‘downgrade’ to the education that they had and are receiving. I encourage you to examine where we were 10 years ago, and where we are now. 10 years ago, NUS and NTU were middle-ranked universities. Now they are among the world’s top ranked universities, with a remarkable global influence.

Indeed, in the latest QS ranking, NUS and NTU are ranked 11th and 12th respectively, whereas Yale is ranked 14th . I'd ask those who insist that the value of liberal education can only be transmitted by elite western universities, do you really think the 11th -ranked NUS is some oaf compared to the 14th - ranked Yale?

With all that’s being said, does this mean that the ‘YNC experiment’ has failed? The answer is a resounding no. From the point of an education institution, I believe NUS would have learnt a great deal from their association with Yale University, for that is the whole point of the collaboration to start with.

And now the next sensible step forward will be to make liberal arts education more accessible to a wider pool of students, but sustainably.

The elephant in the room that is not addressed by elite and enlightened minds at Yale-NUS is the question of accountability of public funding of such programmes, that the elite privileged few enjoy. This kind of accountability is missing in the current public discourse on Yale-NUS.

The cost of educating one YNC student far exceeds that of many other courses in NUS – more than twice by some estimates.

Practically speaking, liberal education is a fine idea, but it should also be sustainable. Given the high costs of operating YNC, it would be difficult sufficiently to sustain the college without taxpayers picking up the tab.

NUS’s ambition to provide a liberal arts education to more Singaporeans – through the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the New College – makes sense in terms of national interest.

Just as there is technology and knowledge transfer in industries, there is similar transfer of skills and knowledge in the field of education. We got to where we are today because our local institutions never hesitated to learn and absorb the best from global universities – be it MIT in the field of engineering and science, Duke in the field of medicine, and of course Yale in the field of the liberal arts.

I'm sure we still have a lot to learn from Oxbridge, Yale, and MIT, Beijing, Tsinghua, Tokyo, but I'd caution against perpetuating the colonial mindset that assumes all (good) values come from the West.

And here I'd quote the sentiments of Associate Professor Daniel Goh, which I believe would resonate with the rest of the NUS population –

“No worries, even if the New College does shy away from teaching difficult and controversial subjects, which I know it won’t, FASS will continue to do so without the morally self-righteous condescension of the mission civilisatrice. We are good, thank you!”

End of the day, FASS, USP and the rest of NUS do not consist of dunces.


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新加坡7人“换妻”迷奸案细节公布!妻子被下药,全程录像直播...

Nov 03, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership AI

几名新加坡男子,在网上论坛认识后,沉浸在性幻想中无法自拔。

为了满足他们心中变态的好奇心,他们开始筹划换妻,并下药迷倒自己的妻子,让其他男子强奸自己的妻子!

昨天(10月31日),这起轰动新加坡一时的罪案在新加坡法庭进行了审理,涉案的七人中,有四人认罪,其中一人当场被判刑。

因为情况太过恶劣,为了保护受害人法院并未透漏她们的任何资料。被告人的名字也全部用字母代替。

回顾这起案件,这些男子的行径着实震碎了正常人的三观……

新加坡这名男子迷倒妻子 邀请其他人强奸并直播录像!

新加坡本体媒体《8视界新闻网》报道,法庭文件透露这起案件的主犯,是一名化名为J的新加坡男子。

J今年52岁,有着一份正当的工作,犯案时是一名业务拓展经理。这些年他和妻子一共生下了三个孩子,一家人原本很和谐地生活在一起。

不过在平静的生活下,J内心里涌动着一些邪恶的想法。

终于,在2010年,他在一个网络论坛上遇到了很多和自己臭味相投的人。在这个虚拟的平台,J肆无忌惮表露出自己的变态性癖,并发表了想玩换妻游戏的言论。

在这里,他们一起分享了很多有关“换妻”的想法。

聊着聊着,有一天他再也忍不住自己内心的想法,问自己妻子是否愿意接受3p。不出所料的,J的妻子拒绝了这个“提议”。

不过,这并没有阻止J付诸行动。

在一开始,包括J在内的一些人纷纷在家中安装网络摄像头。之后,他们会挑选时间告知网友相关的账号和密码,让他们自行观看自己和妻子的性爱视频。

经过一段时间后,J还是不满足。

于是,在某一天他下药迷晕了自己的妻子,然后邀请其他网友来家中与其发生关系!

随着事态的发展,J越来越沉迷其中……2013年,趁着妻子身体不适的时候,J还偷偷换了药物,再次邀请朋友来家中迷奸妻子。

这次,J竟然还打开了网络直播!

沉迷于“换妻游戏”,J不仅仅是让别人和自己妻子发生关系,同时他也跟其中一名网友K“商量好了”,趁着K迷晕自己妻子的工夫和她发生了性关系。

在某种程度上,K的行为更加恶劣,他甚至自己充当了摄像师的角色,拍下了J和自己妻子发生关系时的整段性爱视频……

渐渐的,J的妻子在不知情的情况下跟多人发生了性行为,相关视频还被上传到网络。

在当时,引起了相当多人的关注。

换妻行为曝光报警 更多人牵涉其中受重罚

J本以为这件事可以一直继续下去,不料在今年,他的妻子无意中看见丈夫手机在播放视频。

在好奇心的驱使下,她看到视频内容,这才恍然发现:

在过去的几年里,丈夫在暗地里进行了多次换妻活动,而自己在不知情的状态下被多次迷晕,在和他人强行强行发生关系后还被拍照记录……

拿着证据,J的妻子当面质问K,而K也承认自己曾经和昏迷的她有过性行为,并将自己妻子迷晕交给J的事实。

在得知真相后,J的妻子立即选择报警。随着案件的调查,调查人员惊讶地发现,还有更多人参与其中。

其中,有一名参加了J“举办的”换妻活动的L,也对自己的妻子如法炮制。

在一次在作案时,L的妻子尽管被下药后蒙住眼睛,在中途清醒了过来。

但L居然并未因此感到害怕而终止犯罪活动,而是要求自己一名同事P直接强行跟自己妻子发生关系,幸而L的妻子及时挣脱逃离,才免遭摧残。

之后,P在一封信中交代了全部经过,并表示自己不知道受害人并不知情才犯下罪案。

但法律并不会因为他的解释而对他开恩,最总P被判处三年监禁。他是涉案七名男子中,第一个被判刑的男子。

还有四人也已认罪,等待下一轮审讯。相信在严明的法律下,他们肯定无法逃脱坐牢。

不过,涉案情节严重的K在落网后,一再向警方和法官说自己有心理疾病,并要求医生为其检测,意图逃脱刑罚。

新加坡心理卫生院诊断后,确认了K患有偷窥症。但在审理中法官认为K对自己的非法行为是知情的,依旧是犯罪行为。

K对法院的说法表示不服,并要求开庭申辩。

但K的犯罪事实已被揭露,并且为自己的行为供认不讳,加上此案件牵连甚广,性质过于恶劣,估计也是难逃法律制裁。


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