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Issue 27

The iThink magazine is a most interesting read to boost the language and critical thinking skills of the upper-secondary students, (and high-ability lower-secondary students). With an engaging mix of thought-provoking articles and lighter stimulating reads, iThink is the one-stop solution to making reading both a leisure and an intellectual pleasure to students. iThink symbolizes the magazine's focus on critical thinking by adopting the thematic model. iThink was nominated Best Educational Title in 2016 and 2018 by Singapore Book Awards 2016 and 2018.

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1 min.
editor’s note

Dear Reader, For some, the word, ‘art’ may conjure up an image of wine-sipping artistocrats gathering around an abstract art piece and scrutinising it for a duration long enough to puzzle the common man. Is appreciation of art then only for a certain group of elite in the society, leaving the common man to run his life without even an occasional diet of the fine arts? Unfortunately, art has been rather misunderstood. The ability to experience art is intrinsic to every one of us, being part of our nature. To restrict the exposure to a variety of the fine arts to certain ranks of society amounts to blatant discrimination. Find out more about why it is necessary for art to be accessible to all, in ‘Is art for the common man?’ on…

5 min.
films are purely for entertainment, not education.

Do you agree? “Lights, camera, action!” The world of films has always been a fascinating one, characterised by glitz and glamour. Movie buffs are often spoilt for choice, judging from the 1slew of films playing on the big screen during any ordinary weekend. These are typically categorised according to their 2genres, the more popular ones being action, horror and comedy. Moviegoers often regard watching films as a recreational activity, and I believe that films are purely for entertainment, not education. Firstly, films transport moviegoers into a different world, providing them with a temporary escape from the realities of life. In the present day, a moviegoer is often greeted with a cinema listing comprising a variety of films of different genres. There are comedies, animation films and action flicks, to name a few.…

4 min.
films are purely for entertainment, not education.

Do you agree? If you are a teen attending school in today’s world, chances are you would have watched at least one film as part of the curriculum, particularly in the study of subjects such as history, geography or science. Advancements in technology have made films more accessible and this has earned them a place as a learning resource in many educational institutions. I believe that films are not purely for entertainment, but also for education. It has been scientifically proven that different learners acquire knowledge in different ways. Some prefer to learn through visuals while others absorb information better through auditory means. The use of films in education provides an avenue for learners, particularly those who appreciate visual resources, to watch textbook knowledge come to life right before their very eyes.…

1 min.
cast away

In the movie, Cast Away, Chuck (played by Tom Hanks), an engineer with FedEx, is involved in a plane crash and he ends up stranded all alone on an island. The movie revolves around how Chuck manages the physical challenges of surviving as well as how he overcomes his emotional challenge of being alone, finding solace in the end in a volleyball that floats by, calling it ‘Wilson’. One interesting fact is that to prepare for the script of this movie, the screenwriter, William Broyles Jr, spent several days alone in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez trying to fend for himself. He speared and ate stingrays, learnt how to open a coconut, befriended a washed-up Wilson-brand volleyball, and tried to make fire - all scenes which showed up in the movie…

4 min.
an arty place to visit

When I was on holiday in Taipei recently, one of the destinations I made sure I visited was the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Like a diligent tourist, I sought to learn about the culture of the country I was visiting, and had decided to explore the museum for the day. At first glance, the building was unassuming: only two-storeys tall with walls of brick, not unlike an official municipal office. I would later learn that it was built during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in 1921, and was an elementary school and official government building, before becoming MOCA in 2001. To my amazement, I could turn my head and see everything in 360 degrees… When I walked through its doors, I was immediately struck by the liveliness of the venue; it…

4 min.
is art for the common man?

The ability to create and experience art is a distinctive feature of our human existence. Deeply embedded in primordial civilisations of the past to present-day modernity, art epitomises the human capacity to express and experience the 1ineffable. As artistic endeavours allow for self-expression and may foster deep human connections, making art accessible to everyone is of great importance for remedying many of the ills plaguing modern society. First and foremost, in a digital era where real life interaction amongst people is steadily declining, leveraging on the capacity of art to provide valuable avenues of civic and cultural participation for everyone has never been more important. As waves of globalisation threaten to erode traditional customs and values and given the predominant 2blasé attitudes amongst city-dwellers, a formal endorsement of the arts may help…