The Rote Less Travelled develops and provides supplementary educational curriculum in Mathematics and Science at the Secondary and Junior College levels in Singapore.
The Rote Less Travelled is founded on the belief that education should be an ongoing learning process and is the most important stepping stone to hone an individual’s character and creativity. While results are still used as one of the key meritocratic differentiating criteria in today’s highly competitive environment, the intrinsic value of the learning process is truly the outcome that we should be focused on in the long run.
The Rote Less Travelled believes that there are two crucial formative influences in a young man or woman’s life: first is the home; the second is the school.
Today, most homes are filled with love, and are zones where children learn the basic and soft skills needed to socialise, develop and succeed in life. The home places the child in an environment where they are cocooned in love under the watchful guidance of parents, grandparents or guardians and are free to develop their learning abilities without worrying about failing or being subjected to external pressures.
Due to the hard work of our Nation’s forefathers, our schools today can indeed be considered world class and are known internationally as elite educational institutes of choice. It is not uncommon to find the student population in our top universities almost 1:5 in terms of the foreign to local student ratio, one of the lowest in the region. Not only that, our GPAs are also among the top in Asia and can also hold their own when compared against top universities in the US and UK. This in turn has led to a stiffer competition landscape, where students compete harder with each other to be streamed into a good class or a good school for their next phase of education. Learning then evolves from a lifelong marathon to short sprints where the energy and focus is just for the semester or the term. Learning from understanding may then get short-circuited into just memorisation. Students will eventually seek qualities which will lead to individual survival rather than hone themselves for a holistic lifelong process.
The Rote Less Travelled aims to promote and create an environment where a student will learn to appreciate the value of the learning process itself. The primary goal of the student will be this learning process and the by-product will be the results. The ideal product is the student, a university graduate, who is strong, robust, rugged, with tremendous qualities of stamina, endurance and at the same time, possesses great intellectual discipline and, most important of all, humility and love for his family and his home.
At The Rote Less Travelled, we recognises that not every boy or girl is equal in their gifts either physical and mental capacity or character but The Rote less Travelled is missioned to get all potentials to blossom forth.
Our goal is to allow students to continually feel motivated to learn instead of being demoralized by competition. We hope that this will help them to love learning and as a result, be motivated to study harder and go even further.