Singapore government say education is not about the grade, it’s about learning

Singapore’s education system has long been criticised for the emphasis on grades over the learning process. But it looks like the Ministry of Education wants to make a bold statement to counter that.

It just launched a touching commercial based on a true story of a student and her teacher Madam Phua:

The video shows how Phua guided Shirley through a failing grade with Geography lessons. Both student and teacher continue to keep in touch today, according to the ad.

Syrian children use bomb crater as makeshift swimming pool

Life under siege: Children in Aleppo use bomb crater as swimming pool

More than 2 million people in Aleppo have no access to clean water as the conflict in the Syrian city continues to escalate, according to UNICEF. But that hasn’t stopped some children from playing around in a murky pool that has formed in a crater left behind by a missile strike.


Celebrities recite poem about refugee crisis in powerful video


Celebrities are taking a public stance to support the #WithRefugees campaign.

Today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a video featuring several actors including Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, Kit Harington and Jesse Eisenberg, performing a powerful spoken word poem entitled, “What They Took With Them.”

Little girl’s adoption hearing has a Disney twist!

5-year-old Danielle Koning was already in for a pretty incredible day when she arrived at her final adoption hearing. Thanks to a thoughtful surprise, it became really magical.

To celebrate the girls’ adoption, foster care staff members at Samaritas in Grand Rapids, Michigan, dressed as Disney princesses for the final proceedings.

The judge even dressed as Snow White.
Danielle’s case manager, Kristina Grey, is the brains behind the whole operation. According to MLive, she first asked a coworker to dress as Cinderella (Danielle’s favorite Disney princess), then decided an all-princess affair was in order.
“I’m just blown away at the amount of support and how much all my co-workers jumped on board,” she said.

Danielle is now at home with her adoptive parents, Jim and Sarah Koning.

You can watch full video of Danielle’s big day below:

Sir David Attenborough narrating Pokémon Go

You might think that David Attenborough and Pokémon Go was a marriage in heaven waiting to happen.

Who better than the beloved naturalist to narrate a popular game where people go hunting for exotic creatures in the wild?

Thanks to Lovin’ Dublin, the dream is now reality.

The mash-up features Attenborough describing Charmander as a “top predator” and giving a brilliant understatement on a Spearow – “It is, of course, a bird.”  But the best one might be his comment on those irritating Zubat: “Bats, with their fluttering zigzag flight are not easy targets.”


What if you only drank fizzy drinks?

AsapSCIENCE gives us the rundown of the detrimental effects too much fizzy and sugary drinks can have on you. Whether this kind of information will make any difference is unclear, as people who drink too much fizzy drinks have been told that it’s bad for them all their lives.

There is a challenge as to how much longer should youth club tuck shops still stock fizzy drinks.

Baby Falls Asleep as Daddy Plays Brahm’s Lullaby

I remember those nightmare evenings when your little one doesn’t want to sleep – you try anything to help them go to sleep.

5-month old Sam had an ear infection and was struggling to fall asleep. So his father, David Motola, turned on his electric piano and began playing Johannes Brahm’s classic lullaby. It was very effective. Within a few seconds, Sam yawned broadly, then faded into sleep.

What makes this performance even more impressive is that Motola didn’t have any sheet music. He was playing by ear and arranging the piece on the go.

Mesmerising video of Sheep Herding

Aerial photographer Tim Whittaker compiled this footage of sheep in the Hawke’s Bay region of the North Island. The herd moves like an enormous, shape-shifting organism – it’s fascinating to watch the mass of the sheep squeeze through gates and settle into new forms.