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Hurting the bottomline

Posted on: August 18, 2018

You hurt your bottomline if you rely only on the short term view. This applies equally in business and in schooling.

One thing I dislike about neighbourhood malls in Singapore is getting harassed by promoters and sellers. They aggressively tout their insurance, banking, or other wares by pushing “gifts” in my face, standing in my way, or pursuing me even after I have said “No, thank you!”

It is the mall management that takes the shortsighted view by charging a fee and allowing these touts to operate. They risk complaints from patrons and reduced foot traffic as patrons avoid being pestered.

Schools are not immune from being shortsighted. One needs only investigate the effects of teaching to the test, buying into unresearched vendor claims, or perpetuating the use of empty ideas like learning styles.

Both malls and schools will see the impact of uncritical adoption of superficially helpful actions. But while malls might feel the impact every financial quarter, schools might only see the consequences of what they do — or fail to do — a generation later.

If your plan is for one year plant rice.  If your plan is for ten years plant trees.  If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. -- Confucius

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