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In a forum conducted last July by the Institute of Policy Studies on “What Youth Want” representatives from various political parties discussed some of the beliefs, desires, traits and concerns that Singaporean youth possessed.
Briefly, these observations were made:
- Political activism centered on quality of life issues – concerns resolve around civil rights of being treated fairly or justly, freedoms in society
- Youth today place a premium on higher order needs
- Sceptical about institutions and more trusting of their own social networks
- They do not show automatic deference to hierarchy, nor feel the pressing need to.
- Independent and innovative
- (but also) disillusioned and disenfranchised
- Great push for personal satisfaction and happiness
Read the full summary is here.
Other more specific surveys that have emerged post-GE2011 paint a more complex picture of the youth and their level of political engagement. According to the IPS’s survey on political traits and media usage in the wake of the 2011 elections, some surprising, and not-so-surprising trends emerged:
SLIGHTLY more liberal political attitudes than older people
- About 70% agree or strongly agree that Singapore should be run by a powerful leader who runs the country as he/she sees fit
- About 70% agree that economic growth is more important than freedom of speech
- Yet, about 62% believe that there are too many rules concerning participation in political activities
Participate in politics more actively
- Consume more political content than older people
- Alternative news websites like The Online Citizen, Temasek Review, Yawning Bread or foreign news media were also utilised as a process of shaping opinion outside of the mainstream media.
- Trusting of the Internet news to provide a range of viable perspectives
More likely to see government control of media and bias in media
- About 6 in 10 youth believe that there is too much control of the media
- Biased reporting occurs when political issues are presented
Less likely to say that they voted for the ruling party/more open about their views
- Only 1 in 10 refused to answer the question compared to 4 in 10 for other age groups.
Task 1: In your designated groups, or individually you are to –
Craft 3 paragraphs describing how socio-economic/cultural/political factors, trends, changes or themes in Singapore have created specific characteristic or characteristics of youth
POINT: Which societal factor/change/theme/ has created this characteristic of youth?
ELABORATION: HOW has it led to this characteristic? How and why is this SIMILAR or DIFFERENT to youth in other nations? [if applicable]
(EG) Point: The rapid rise in affluence and disposable income in the country has unsurprisingly resulted in youth becoming increasingly…. [characteristic]
This due to/is a result of… When…Also…Further…
It may seem surprising, yet… and this trend is also seen among youth in Indonesia where… OR
TIME: 25 minutes – Drop a comment at the bottom of the post. Save your work somewhere on a word.doc on the desktop lest it gets swallowed by technology!
ROUND 2: Comment on each other’s postings – critique the elaboration or add a new POINT.
Task 2 Homework: In your notes on Singapore Youth (Set B, YOUTH PACKAGE), you need to do a more detailed scan of youth, looking for data, trends or pertinent examples related to:
- Youth activism and volunteerism?
- Outlook on life? Upbeat? Positive? Social issues -youth related crime?
- Political apathy or engagement? Political attitudes? Affinity to political parties?
- Attitude towards foreigners, migration? Sense of belonging or rootedness?
- Media usage or exposure to technology/new media
and fill in the column to collate the facts.
A good starting point is to google for survey results from Straits Times, Institute of Policy Studies, MCYS and youth.
Task 3 (NEXT LESSON): As a team, you will write a youth manifesto of approximately 500 words describing the hopes, beliefs, desires, propositions that fairly and rightly capture the spirit of the Singapore youth [or youth in your country] given all of the above findings/evidence
We the youth –
- Declare that…
- Believe that..
- Desire for…
- Propose that…
- Have experienced…
- Are aware that…
- Are mindful of…
- Insist upon…
You can also use the comments in this post as reference.
Make it meaningful,