Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Royal Danish Embassy organised a seminar titled “Happiness” on 1 June 2016 the Singapore Management University. The discussion centered on ways to achieve quality of life and whether Happiness can be a measure of progress for society. Mr Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, and I presented […]

Let’s make reading a compulsory subject in our primary and secondary schools. In fact, let’s make it examinable too. This idea might seem hare-brained at first glance. But I believe that it will transform us not only as individuals but also as a nation. The benefits of reading are widely established. As I argued last […]

In the first week of April, I was at a conference titled “The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy” in Kobe, Japan. I presented on the need to make public policy from philosophical positions about well-being. There are a few reasons why well-being has been missing from the heart of policy-making: First, a country’s […]

Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) at Toa Payoh recently organised  a symposium for English Language and Literature teachers from all over Singapore. The symposium titled “Delve, Develop, Deliver: Making English Language and Literature Teaching Purposeful” aimed to provide a platform for discussion, and sharing of research pedagogues and best practices in teaching. The challenge […]

I was on the panel with National Institute of Education academics Loh Chin Ee and Suzanne Choo on the topic “What is the point of reading literature?” It was moderated by author and branding expert Koh Buck Song. It was held on 4 November at the Arts House as part of the Singapore Writers Festival. […]

Someone who saw my article about public figures who read, such as Dr Chee Soon Juan, Sim Ann and the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew, tipped me off about a Cabinet minister who — wait for this — wrote poetry. This poet politician is none other than Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. This article was […]

Public figures who read There are not many of our public figures who talk about reading and the importance of it in their own lives and their family. I wish more of them do. Reading is of crucial importance to human flourishing, academic learning and self-development, and family bonding. National Institute of Education assistant professor […]

On Monday afternoon, I asked a young Hong Kong reporter the difference between our two cities, and after thinking for a moment, she said, “In Hong Kong, we have freedom but no independence. In Singapore, you have independence but no freedom.” This was her first time in Singapore, and she had spent only eight days […]

Out with tuition, in with a reading nation Reading as a habit, moulds better Singaporeans and better thinkers. With the power to enrich lives of not only individuals, but families in general, parents are encouraged to read to their children even before they turn one. By Tan Tarn How and Loh Chin Ee Update, June […]

The inaugural Arts, Humanities and Literature Conference 2015 was organised in conjunction with Redesigning Pedagogy: Leaders, Values and Citizenship in 21st Century Education (International Conference) and the 11th International CitizED Conference. As part of the symposium’s closing panel discussion, my fellow panelists and I spoke on the future of Arts, Humanities & Literature education in Singapore. Joining me on the […]