Nothing wrong with challenging conventions

SINGAPORE - I am heartened by the St Margaret's girls' decision not to wear wigs to cover their bald heads. They showed great conviction in their cause and much courage.

Their principal also showed much character in reversing her earlier position, and should be commended for being open-minded ("Principal makes U-turn on bald move"; last Thursday). This is what her students will admire in her.

I question those who criticised Education Minister Heng Swee Keat for weighing in on the matter. His views were perfectly balanced and he should have the opportunity to speak his mind.

Once we start to believe that we cannot change things, and accept the status quo, then nothing will ever change.

Yes, sometimes we will be right, and sometimes we will be wrong in challenging conventional wisdom, but there is nothing inherently wrong with this approach.

Our children should never be taught to be subservient and intimidated, but be constantly encouraged to ask why things are the way they are, and, as in this case, challenge the status quo.

It is inexcusable for detractors to insist that a promise be kept without taking into consideration the context.

Samuel Owen


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