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Social Studies Chapter 2.1 Challenges in Deciding What is Good for Society

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These slides introduce Chapter 2.1: Challenges in Deciding What is Good for Society to the Secondary 3 students who are studying Social Studies for the Singapore current syllabus 2016.

These slides are divided into 4 areas.
1. Differing Needs and Interests [Slide 5]
2. Differing Priorities [Slide 14]
3. Unequal Sharing of Costs [Slide 21]

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Social Studies Chapter 2.1 Challenges in Deciding What is Good for Society

  1. 1. 2.1 Challenges in Deciding What is Good for Society
  2. 2. Being a part of Singapore Society Chapter 1: What does it mean to be a Citizen of my Country? Chapter 2: How do we decide what is good for society? Chapter 3: How can we work for the good of society?
  3. 3. How do we decide what is good for society? Part 1: Challenges in deciding what is good for society Part 2: Decision- making in a Representative Democracy Part 3: Ideas shaping Governance
  4. 4. Chapter 2: How do we decide what is good for society? Differing Needs and Interests Differing Priorities Unequal Sharing of Costs
  5. 5. Chapter 2: How do we decide what is good for society? Differing Needs and Interests Differing Priorities Unequal Sharing of Costs
  6. 6. The Principal has given every class the sum of a month for to spend on furniture and upgrades to your classroom.
  7. 7. 1. What would you spend the money on? Write out a list with prices 2. Which would you buy or upgrade first? Number your list according to priority. 3. Would every item on your list benefit everyone ?
  8. 8. Physical comfort Better facilities/ equipment More study aids/ materials Things related to their interests More entertainment
  9. 9. Chapter 2: How do we decide what is good for society? Differing Needs and Interests Differing Priorities Unequal Sharing of Costs
  10. 10. Chapter 2: How do we decide what is good for society? Differing Needs and Interests Differing Priorities Unequal Sharing of Costs
  11. 11. Physical comfort Better facilities/ equipment More study aids/ materials Things related to their interests More entertainment
  12. 12. Chapter 2: How do we decide what is good for society? Differing Needs and Interests Differing Priorities Unequal Sharing of Costs
  13. 13. Chapter 2: How do we decide what is good for society? Differing Needs and Interests Differing Priorities Unequal Sharing of Costs
  14. 14. 1.Two or more goals cannot be achieved at the same time. 2.Only one can, so the other goal/s must be discarded.
  15. 15. Singapore has a limited land area.
  16. 16. Jobs Housing Transport Recreation Water catchment Nature and environment conservation etc. This land must satisfy many needs
  17. 17. When land is used for one purpose, like transport, then it can no longer be used for other purposes.
  18. 18. A new road was proposed to ease traffic congestion on Lornie Road This road would cut through one of Singapore’s oldest cemeteries
  19. 19. Over 5 000 graves of Singapore pioneers, some dating back to 1833, would be destroyed. The habitat of over 30 endangered species of animals would be reduced.
  20. 20. The Case for Preserving Bukit Brown Cemetery The Government’s Response 1. Singapore’s precious history and heritage 2. Singapore’s shrinking natural environment 3. Singapore’s shrinking animal species 4. Alternative plans or locations not properly considered 1. Ease traffic congestion on Lornie Road 2. Ease traffic congestion on the nearby PIE 3. Reduce travel time 4. New highway will serve future housing projects near the Bukit Brown area
  21. 21. Do you think that the government made the right decision regarding Bukit Brown Cemetery?
  22. 22. 1400 residents of a private housing estate, signed a petition against a foreign worker dormitory being built in their estate in 2008.
  23. 23. This petition was submitted to the then Minister of National Development, Mr
  24. 24. The dormitory would occupy an unused old secondary school building, which is less than 10 metres away from the estate.
  25. 25. The Case for the residents The Government’s Response 1. Littering 2. Loitering 3. Drunken/ Rowdy behaviour 4. Foreign worker/ Domestic maid couples 5. Higher crime rate 6. Lower property value 7. “create security and social problems and spoil the ambience of the estate” 1. School building is wasted if unused 2. Can house from 600 to 1000 workers 3. Many construction/renovation works are near to their estate 4. Not the first estate to have foreign worker dormitories 5. $2 million road to be built to bypass the estate 6. Strict rules and security promised
  26. 26. What would you think if you were one of the residents of Serangoon Gardens?
  27. 27. 230 residents of a HDB housing estate, signed a petition against a plot of land being used to build a HDB block of studio apartments specially meant for the elderly in 2012.
  28. 28. This petition was submitted to their MP, Ms .
  29. 29. The new block would occupy land used since 2011 as a basketball court, jogging track, community garden and exercise area for residents
  30. 30. The Case for the residents The Government’s Response 1. Loss of facilities 2. Waste of $120 000 upgrade 3. Lower property value 4. Poor location for the elderly 5. Hill top location 6. Far from facilities/amenities 7. “like death houses” 8. “loss of ‘breathing space’ which helped foster a ‘kampong spirit’ in the estate” 1. Facilities to be replaced as part of new block 2. Special housing for elderly badly needed 3. Studies show it is best site 4. Sheltered pathways with rest stops to be built 5. Upgrading was a ‘mistake’ as land was ‘leased for interim recreational use’ but had been long ‘reserved for residential use’

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