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Reference Library

This is part of an ongoing work of the book I am writing about homeschooling in Singapore, to be published 2021. A team at Homeschool Singapore will be creating a Homeschool Library for the public to access resources that homeschoolers use in Singapore. Please keep a lookout for it at HomeschoolSingapore.sg.

It is important to keep reading about education, homeschooling, learning, children, parenting, and whatever keeps my mind active about the topics close to my heart. Below is a list of reads that informs my practice as an educator. It is not exhaustive. I don’t endorse any publication. I read what I pick up, even if I disagree with the content. When it comes to learning, I want to keep an open mind.

Books

  1. Baker, Maurice. Growing Up in British Malaya and Singapore: A Time of Fireflies and Wild Guavas. Singapore: World Scientific, 2015.
  2. Bauer, Susan Wise. Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education. USA, New York: W.W.Norton, 2018.
  3. Bauer, Susan Wise. The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had. USA, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.
  4. Beechick, Ruth. The Three R’s. USA, Michigan: Mott Media, 2006.
  5. Beechick, Ruth. You Can Teach your Child Successfully. USA, Michigan: Mott Media, 1999.
  6. Bortins, Leigh A. The Conversation: Challenging Your Student with a Classical Education. USA: Classical Conversations Multimedia, 2015.
  7. Bortins, Leigh A. The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education. USA, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.
  8. Bortins, Leigh A. The Question: Teaching Your Child the Essentials of Classical Education. USA: Classical Conversations Multimedia, 2015.
  9. Brodie, Laura. One Good Year: A Mother and Daughter’s Educational Adventure. USA, New York: HarperCollins, 2010.
  10. Chiang, Tan Kok. My Nantah Story: The Rise and Demise of the People’s University. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2017.
  11. Ed. Dr Chong, Chew Thye, and Dr Michael Wei Liang Chee. Seizures in the City: A collection of writings on epilepsy. Singapore: Epilepsy Care Group, 2013.
  12. Clark, Kevin, and Ravi Scott Jain. The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education. USA, Pennsylvania: Classical Academic Press, 2013.
  13. Clarkson, Clay, and Sally Clarkson. Educating the Wholehearted Child: Discipleship, Whole Books, and Real Life! Christian Home Education for Ages 4-14. USA, Maryland: Apologia Press, 2013.
  14. Comenius, John Amos. Ed. Keatinge, M. W. The Great Didactic Of John Amos Comenius. USA: New York: Russell & Russell, 1967.
  15. Dobson, Linda. The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start. USA, California: Prima Publishing, 2001.
  16. Doman, Glenn, and Janet Doman. How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence: More Gentle Revolution. USA, New York: Avery Publishing Group, 1994.
  17. Faber, Joanne, and Julie King. How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7. Great Britain, London: Piccadilly Press, 2017.
  18. Faber, Joanne, Elaine Mazlish, Lisa Nyberg and Rosalyn Anstine Templeton. How to Talk so Kids Can Learn: At Home and in School. USA, New York: Scribner, 1995.
  19. Faber, Adele, and Elaine Mazlish. How to Talk so Teens Will Listen & Listen so Teens Will Talk. USA, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
  20. Dr. Foo Koong Hean. Negotiation Parenting: or how not to raise a brat in today’s complex world. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Business, 2015.
  21. Gardiner, Bethany M. Highlighting Homeschooling. USA, Utah: Stickytape Press, 2010.
  22. Ginsburg, Herbert, and Sylvia Opper. Piaget’s Theory of Intellectual Development. USA, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.,1979.
  23. Griffith, Mary. The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use The Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom. USA, New York: Three Rivers Press, 1998.
  24. Hartley-Brewer, Elizabeth. Raising a Self Starter: Over 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers. UK: Da Capo Press, 2004.
  25. Harris, Gregg. The Christian Homeschool. USA, Oregon: Noble Publishing Associates, 1995.
  26. Hicks, David V. Norms & Nobility: A Treatise on Education. USA, Maryland: University Press of America, 1999.
  27. Holt, John, and Pat Farenga. Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Home Schooling. USA, MA, Cambridge: Perseus Publishing, 2003.
  28. Hulbert, Ann. Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies. USA, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
  29. Ed. Jung, Dietrich and Kristine Sinclair. Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity: Islamic Traditions and the Construction of Modern Muslim Identities. International Studies in Religion and Society, Volume: 35. Nederlands: Brill, 2020.
  30. Kana, Ravindran. The Other Singapore Story: One man’s journey from PSLE failure to University graduate. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2015.
  31. Katak, Mak and Anak Katak. Growing Without Schooling: a homeschooling memoir. Malaysia: Self-published, 2019.
  32. Knick’s, Christopher. The Heart of Home Schooling: Teaching & Living What Really Matters. USA, Tennessee: B&H Publishing Group, 2002.
  33. Koh, Thiam Seng, David Hung. Leadership for Change: The Singapore Schools’ Experience. Singapore: World Scientific, 2018.
  34. Kwek, Vivian. Decoding Your Child: Unlocking Secrets to Your Child’s Behaviour. Singapore: Self-published, 2018.
  35. Leong, Lye Kok. Decoding DSA: The Ultimate Guide to Success in Direct School Admission. Singapore: Candid Creation Publishing, 2016.
  36. Loh, Yuin Han Jonathan, Chadi El Farran. A Nation of Skilled Talents. Singapore: Script Consultants, 2015.
  37. Low, James. Inception Point: The Use of Learning and Development to Reform the Singapore Public Service. Singapore: World Scientific, 2018.
  38. Macaulay, Susan Schaeffer. For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School. USA, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1984.
  39. Maryland Appelbaum. How to Handle Hard-To-Handle Parents. USA, California: Corwin, 2009.
  40. Ed. Matheson, David. An introduction to the Study of Education. UK, Oxford: Routledge, 2015.
  41. Mooney, Carol Garhart. Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erickson, Piaget & Vgotsky. USA, Minnesota: Redleaf Press, 2000.
  42. Moore, Raymond S., and Dorothy N. Moore. Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child’s Education. USA, Washington: Reader’s Digest Press, 1975.
  43. Montessori, Maria. The Absorbent Mind. USA, New York: Dell Publishing, 1984.
  44. Montessori, Maria. From Childhood to Adolescence: The Clio Montessori Series. England, Oxford: Clio Press, 2006.
  45. Ong, Sean. Mend Your Socks! : How to prevent your riches from crushing your family: Powerful strategies to create positive kinships. Singapore: Sean Ong Ming Chuan, 2013.
  46. NAMTA. “The First Adolescent Colloquium”. Montessori Teacher Education Collaborative. Vol 23, no. 3. USA: Montana: 1997.
  47. Ng, Pak Tee. Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes. Singapore: USA, New York: Routledge, 2017.
  48. Palfreyman, David & Paul Temple. Universities and Colleges: A Very Short Introduction. UK, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  49. Palfrey, John. Biblio TECH: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google. USA, New York: Basic Books, 2015.
  50. Dr. Pathy, Parvathy, Fiona Tan, Shyon Loo. Living with Discipline Issues. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2015.
  51. Practics: A Publication for People Helpers. Singapore: Counselling and Care Centre, 1995.
  52. Robinson, Ken, and Lou Aronica. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education. USA, New York: Viking, 2015.
  53. Robinson, Ken, and Lou Aronica. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. USA : Penguin Books, 2009.
  54. Robinson, Ken, and Lou Aronica. You Your Child and School: Navigate Your Best Way to the Best Education. Great Britain: Allen Lane, 2018.
  55. Sampson, Robin. The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach: Bible Based Homeschooling. USA: Heart of Wisdom Publishing Inc, 2005.
  56. See, Teng Siao, Chan Cheow Thia, and Lee Huay Leng (Eds). Education at Large: Student Life & Activities in Singapore 1945-1965. Singapore: World Scientific, 2013.
  57. Seet, Vincent. Beyond Examination: A Journey to True Education. Singapore: Candid Creation Publishing, 2012.
  58. Shonstrom, Erik. The Indoor Epidemic: How Parents, Teachers, and Kids Can Start an Outdoor Revolution. USA, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
  59. Sortino, David P. A Guide to How Your Child Learns: Understanding the Brain from Infancy to Young Adulthood. USA, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefied, 2017.
  60. Suresh & Syed. Singapore in the 60s: An Illustrated Recollection of Life in the Sixties. Singapore: Training Plus Int’l Pte Ltd, 2015.
  61. Suzuki, Shinichi. Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education. USA, Miami: Warner Bros. Publications. Inc. 1983
  62. Tallent, Linda and Jean Thompson. A Square Peg In A Round Hole: Inclusion for every child. UK, London: Featherstone Publication, 2011.
  63. Tan, Jason. Education in Singapore: Taking Stock, Looking Forward. Singapore: Pearson, 2012.
  64. Taylor, James S. Poetic Knowledge – The Recovery of Education. USA, New York: State University of New York Press, 1998.
  65. Thambiah, Joseph. The History of Anglicanism in Singapore 1819-2019: The Bicentenary of Divine Providence. Singapore: Armour Publishing, 2019.
  66. Ting, Bernard, Toh Boon Kwan & Soh Tze Min. Introduction to Industrial Relations: Reflecting on the Past, Preparing for the Future. Singapore: Civil Service College, Singapore, 2016.
  67. Tobin, Joseph, Yeh Hsueh, and Mayumi Karasawa. Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan and the United States.USA, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2009.
  68. Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook: Includes a Giant Treasury of Great Read-Aloud Books. USA, New York: Penguin Books, 2013.
  69. Upp, Rebecca. Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool through High School. USA, New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.
  70. Unger, Roberto Mangabeira. The Knowledge Economy. USA: New York: Verso, 2019.
  71. Wayne, Israel. Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview. USA: Wisdom’s Gate, 2000.
  72. Webb, James T., Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, and Stephanie S. Tolan. Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers. USA, Arizona: Great Potential Press Inc., 1994.
  73. Zakaria, Fareed. In Defense of a Liberal Education. USA: New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015. 

Books / Singapore Chronicles

  1. Ah Eng, Lai. Singapore Chronicles – Religion. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  2. Ang, Peng Hwa and Carol Soon. Singapore Chronicles – Media. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2018.
  3. Cheong Koon Hean. Singapore Chronicles – Public Housing. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2018.
  4. Chia, Ngee Choon. Singapore Chronicles – Central Provident Fund. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  5. Er, Kenneth, Leong Chee Chiew, Khoo Teng Chye and Joseph Hui. Singapore Chronicles – Environment. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  6. Goh, Evelyn and Daniel Chua. Singapore Chronicles – Diplomacy. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2015.
  7. Gopinathan, S. Singapore Chronicles – Education. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2015.
  8. Heng Chye Kiang and Yeo Su-Jan. Singapore Chronicles – Urban Planning. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2017.
  9. Ho, Chi Tim and Ann Wee. Singapore Chronicles – Social Services. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  10. Ho, David Kin Hin, Ho Mun Wai. Singapore Chronicles – Gateways. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  11. Ho, Peter, Anuradha Shroff, Codey Tan, Hazel See, Lena Leong. Singapore Chronicles – Governance. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  12. Ho, Shu Huang and Samuel Chan. Singapore Chronicles – Defence. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2015.
  13. Ibrahim, Zuraidah and Andrea Ong. Singapore Chronicles – Opposition. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  14. Koh, Gillian and Debbie Soon. Singapore Chronicles – Civil Society. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  15. Kuo, Eddie CY and Brenda Chan. Singapore Chronicles – Language. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  16. Kwok Kian-Woon and Teng Siao See. Singapore Chronicles – Chinese. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2018.
  17. Lai Chee Kien. Singapore Chronicles – Architecture. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2018.
  18. Latif, Asad. Singapore Chronicles – Policing. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2017.
  19. Loon, Robin, Kok Heng Leun, Zizi Azah Binte Abdul Majid and Vadivalagan Shanamuga. Singapore Chronicles – Theatre. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  20. Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman and Azhar Ibrahim. Singapore Chronicles – Malays. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2017.
  21. Phua, Kai Hong. Singapore Chronicles – Healthcare. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2018.
  22. Ramakrishna, Kumar. Singapore Chronicles – Emergency. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  23. Robert, Godfrey. Singapore Chronicles – Sports. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2017.
  24. Seng Yu Jin and Shabbir Hussain Mustafa. Singapore Chronicles – Art. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  25. Tan Gee Paw. Singapore Chronicles – Water. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  26. Tan, Kevin YL. Singapore Chronicles – Constitution. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2015.
  27. Tan, Sylvia. Singapore Chronicles – Food. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.
  28. Tarling, Nicholas. Singapore Chronicles – Colonial Singapore. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2018.
  29. Thangavelu, Shandre. Singapore Chronicles – Trade and Investment. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2018.
  30. Ting, Kennie. Singapore Chronicles – Heritage. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2015.
  31. Vasu, Norman and Judi Abuja. Singapore Chronicles – Multiracialism. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2018.
  32. Yap Mui Teng and Christopher Gee. Singapore Chronicles – Demography. Singapore: Straits Times Press & Institute of Policy Studies, 2016.

Curricula

  1. Curriculum Planning and Development Division, 2014 Science (Primary) Syllabus, MOE, Singapore.
  2. Koh, Wendy. Fun-Filled Math Conversations With Your Child. Singapore: Self-published, 2018.
  3. Lim-Cruz, Liana, and Donna Pangilinian-Simpao. Kidstarter Curious Curriculum: Book 1: Teacher’s Guide. Philippines: Imagiminds Inc.,2019.
  4. Lim-Cruz, Liana, and Donna Pangilinian-Simpao. Kidstarter Curious Curriculum: Book 2: Activity Book. Philippines: Imagiminds Inc.,2019.

Magazines

  1. The Karyawan: Professionals for the Community, Invisible Diversity: Lived Experiences of Malay Rental Flat Occupants. Singapore : Association of Muslims Professionals, Volume 15 Issue 1.
  2. The Karyawan: Professionals for the Community, The Singapore Malay/Muslim Community 2.0. Singapore : Association of Muslims Professionals, Volume 14 Issue 3.
  3. The Karyawan: Professionals for the Community, Homelessness in Singapore: Living in the Shadows. Singapore : Association of Muslims Professionals, Volume 13 Issue 4.
  4. The Karyawan: Professionals for the Community, Long-Term School Absenteeism: Issues and Implications. Singapore : Association of Muslims Professionals, Volume 13 Issue 3.

Online Articles

  1. DeAngelis, Corey A. and Angela Dills. Let Mass Home Schooling Unleash Innovation, Cato Institute, May 21, 2020.
  2. Ed. Cornish, Edward. 1999, The World of Tomorrow, Selections from THE FUTURIST: A Journal of Forecasts, Trends and Ideas about the Future, World Future Society, 1978.
  3. McDonald, Kerry. Homeschooling and Educational Freedom: Why School Choice Is Good for Homeschoolers, Cato Institute, September 4, 2019.

Papers

  1. Committee on Compulsory Education (CE). Report Of the Committee on Compulsory Education in Singapore, 21 July 2000. 
  2. Godin, Benoît. Innovation : A Conceptual History of an Anonymous Concept. Project on the History and Sociology of S&T Statistics, Working Paper 21, 2015.
  3. Godin, Benoît. The Linear Model of Innovation: The Historical Construction of an Analytical Framework. Project on the History and Sociology of S&T Statistics, Working Paper 30, 2005.
  4. Godin, Benoît. Statistics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: How to Get Relevant Indicators. OECD Blue Sky II Conference “What Indicators for Science and Technology and Innovation Policies in the 21st Century”, 2006.
  5. Godin, Benoît. The Knowledge-Based Economy: Conceptual Framework or Buzzword? Project on the History and Sociology of S&T Statistics, Working Paper 24, 2003.
  6. Godin, Benoît. The Whom What, Why and How of S&T Measurement, Project on the History and Sociology of S&T Statistics, Working Paper 26, 2004.
  7. Goh, K. S. & Education Study Team. (1979). Report on the Ministry of Education 1978. Singapore: Singapore National Printers. 
  8. Government of Singapore, Report of the Constitutional Commission, Singapore. Government Printing Office, 1954.
  9. Kunzman, Robert and Milton Gaither. Homeschooling: A Comprehensive Survey of the Research, Other Education: The Journal of Educational Alternatives. Volume 2(2013), Issue 1.
  10. Ministry of Home Affairs. White Paper on the Maintenance of Religious Harmony, 26 December 1989.
  11. Ministry of Information and the Arts. Speech by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong on Singapore 21 Debate in Parliament. 5 May 1999.
  12. Sabol, Joseph Michael. Homeschool parents’ perspective of the learning environment: a multiple-case study of homeschool partnerships, Theses and Dissertations, Pepperdine Digital Commons, 2018.
  13. (Headed by) Rendel, George. Report of the Constitutional Commission, Singapore, 22 Feb 1954.
  14. Švarc, Jadranka and Marina Dabić. Evolution of the Knowledge Economy: A Historical Perspective with an Application to the Case of Europe. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 2017.
  15. Tan, Jennifer Pei-Ling, Elizabeth Koh and David Hung. Chapter 1: Educating for 21st Century Competencies (21CC): The Singapore Story. The Centre for Global Education at Asia Society, 2017.
  16. Tan, Jason. Compulsory education in Singapore – who benefits? Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Vol 30, No. 4. 2010.

Parliamentary Debates (referenced from the earliest date)

  1. Debate on the Governor’s Address. Vol 1, Sitting No, 3. 27-04-1955.
  2. Yang Di-Pertuan Negara’s Speech (Debate on the Address), Vol 11, Sitting No. 4. 17-07-1959.
  3. High Cost of Secondary Education in Singapore. Vol 28, Sitting No. 11. 08-04-1969.
  4. Revised Structure of Education. Vol 39, Sitting No. 4. 30-03-1979.
  5. Budget, Ministry of Education. Vol 41, Sitting No. 11. 17-03-1982.
  6. Budget, Ministry of Education. Vol 47, Sitting No. 12. 21-03-1986.
  7. 10-Year Compulsory Education Scheme (Timing and mode of operation). Vol 60, Sitting No. 6. 26-02-1993.
  8. Budget, Ministry of Education. Vol 60, Sitting No. 11. 12-03-1993.
  9. Compulsory Education Bill. Vol 72, Sitting No. 9. 09-10-2000.
  10. Head K- Ministry of Education. Vol 77, Sitting No. 4. 18-03-2004.
  11. Education for our Future. Vol 94, Sitting No. 80. 11-07-2018.
  12. Trend for Average Annual Government Spending on Foreign Students over Past 10 Years. Vol 94, Sitting No. 107. 5-8-2019.
  13. Number and Profile of Children Who Do Not Attend Pre-school. Vol 94, Sitting No. 22. 15-8-2016.
  14. Statistics on Primary and Secondary School Children Homeschooled in Past Five Years and Assessment on Their Social-emotional and Character Development. Vol 94, Sitting No. 118. 18-2-2020.

Statutes

  1. CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS ACT (CHAPTER 38), Revised Edition: 31st December 2001
  2. CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE, 9th August 1965
  3. COMPULSORY EDUCATION ACT, Original Enactment: Act 27 of 2000; Revised Edition: 31st December 2001
  4. EMPLOYMENT ACT (CHAPTER 91, SECTION 70) EMPLOYMENT (CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS) REGULATIONS, Revised Edition: 30th April 2000

Videos

  1. Bartholet, Elizabeth, Kerry McDonald, Milton Gaither, and Neal McCluskey. Homeschooling: Protecting Freedom, Protecting Children, Cato Institute, June 15, 2020.

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