SALT LAKE CITY — In the space between Singapore, which stands at the top of international academic test scores, and the U.S., which sits in the lower half of those scores, are a variety of structural and cultural differences in education practices.
But a key diplomat of the small country in southeast Asia says there is much that Singapore and the U.S. can learn from each other when it comes to the success of their students. And there are some elements of teaching that, by necessity, are singular to each place.
“We’ve been doing well in all these tests,” said Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the U.S. “We’re also careful to say, we’re actually not a model. We’re unique because of the nature of our geography and our society.”
Mirpuri is in Utah this week to meet with state leaders, business leaders, students and representatives of Brigham Young University, as well as general authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was brought to Utah as part of BYU’s Ambassador Visits Program.
Singapore, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year of independence from