Moose City, Alaska, adopts Singapore maths textbooks

16 October 2009

In a nod to Singapore’s growing supremecy in the field of maths education, Moose City, Alaska (population: 232) decides to adopt the Singapore system in its school district.  This makes the grand total number of American schools actually using Singapore textbooks now 1.  With 23,457 school districts in total, Singapore is making inroads into the American education system.  While Singapore’s textbooks have been added to the list of approved textbooks in hundreds of school districts across the US, Moose City is believed to be the first school district in America to actually use them.  In the US, unlike Singapore, the government does not mandate which textbook teachers must use, and teachers have freedom to choose their own textbook from a list of thousands of approved textbooks.  Singapore’s textbooks, after significant investment and advertising by the Singapore government, are now included on many of these lists in America.  Now that Moose City is actually using the texts, Alaskan students may soon be able to count durians even better than their Singaporean counterparts!  PM Lee lauded Moose City’s choice of Singapore’s textbooks: “Yet again, Americans have chosen the Singapore model and are slowly recognizing that their own education system is inferior.  Singaporean textbooks are now widely used across the US.  Singaporeans should take note and be proud of the education system we have.”