According to the blog stats chart, this blog had 309 hits for the 24-hour period starting from 8AM (Singapore time) yesterday. The threefold increase from the previous record of 106 is in no small part due to Mr Miyagi's very kind feature of The General Paper in his column in TODAY (linked here for the 30% of you who didn't get here because of the article ;-)).
Mr Miyagi's article started off by citing previous reports of encounters between blogs and education in Singapore that were less than pleasant. As a latecomer to blogging who wasn't very interested in such news, I thought I should now (finally) document myself on these incidents.
By the way, Mr Miyagi was a teacher himself. (And no, I don't mean the one in The Karate Kid.) Found this page following the related posts listed next to the one on this blog. Also, it is in fact possible to find old articles of the Straits Times online without paying through your nose for Newslink, in spite of what Mr Miyagi says here. It looks like AsiaMedia maintains an archive of older articles from a range of Asian electronic newspapers.
And here's the list of Straits Times articles I found on AsiaMedia:
- Schools act against students for 'flaming' teachers on blogs: Five college students suspended for posting offensive remarks about school administrators – September 27, 2005
- Award for blogging site that offers counselling: The eGen blogging site receives e-Society Excellence Award – March 24, 2005
- Blogger says, Sorry again: A*Star Ex-scholar's second apology for alleged defamation accepted after first one rejected as 'insincere' – May 10, 2005
The first article has information on similar cases in secondary schools. The second one is a positive report on a service for 16 to 25 year olds. The last one is not, strictly speaking, about a local student but warrants a mention nonetheless.
In addition, there's this Straits Times article commenting on the bad press blogs have been getting.
While Googling for the above articles, I also found a list of education weblogs in the Yahoo Singapore Directory, and promptly submitted this blog.
And speaking of newspapers, did you know that the online version of The New Paper, called The Electric New Paper, has its own blog?