Sign up for the GP Tuition at JC Tuition Singapore to get a head-start in your GCE A Level examination preparation. The JC General Paper Tuition is conducted by the prolific JC GP Tutor Simon Ng of Generalpaper.com.sg, where you will engage in cross-thematic analysis of world issues and explore the causality and interconnectedness of our societal structures. We have optimised the lessons in a structure that is exceptionally productive so that you can cover both depth and breadth within a short amount of time.
Particularly, lessons are conducted with both web-based and app-based learning approaches, which you can download at Google Play Store and Apple App Store - GP Study and GP Frontier Magazine. Be inspired to develop an inquisitive mindset as we delve into various real world issues, such as debate over free speech and the imposition of censorship or the economic implications of environmental degradation. Additionally, our GP Tuition programme for JC1 and JC2 students will be instrumental in honing your answering skills via the skills development workshops. For GP Comprehension, we impart you with the skills of annotation, information extraction, inferential answering and word substitution. These skills are essential when handling short answer questions, the summary and application question (AQ). For GP Essay, you will learn to do categorisation, perspective setting, rebuttal and comparative statements. Such skills are to be developed through regular practices.
We offer discursive articles as a glimpse into our GP programme as well as educate the public on important issues. Within a broad range of themes, we will discuss the topic on Freedom of Speech this month. This month’s issue puts the spotlight on the necessity of Freedom of Speech and its role in shaping a free society.
Freedom of speech, defined as the right to articulate one’s opinions and ideas, pervades every life in a society due to its fundamental nature. With the advent of the Internet, the media have given rise to big names such Facebook and Google – platforms supporting the opinions of all. However, the government, in support of censorship, has sought to prohibit certain information in order to contain their citizens. Therefore, this article explains the necessity for freedom of speech in a free society.
Freedom of speech is necessary as it represents individual rights and in turn, self-value. Having an individual right empowers a person within a society as it encourages them to give an opinion without the fear of condemnation. This right provides a sense of individuality and its self esteem which raises the value and worth of the society in whole. Consequently, mental and spiritual well-being of individuals raise positively. In the US, freedom of speech has been championed as part of Democracy. Through freedom of speech, there has been more discussions on sensitive issues like homosexuality, racial discrimination and even bipartisan politics etc, without the fear of being ostracised. These discussions have spurred events and activities such as ‘Pride Marches’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ which showcase individuals exercising their right to speech and in turn, raise their value in the society. Moreover, freedom of speech is necessary in improving societal functioning which reaps more benefits. Freedom of speech enables a more dynamic society and promotes a breeding ground for innovative and inventive ways of governance and of doing business. Society attains the ability to improve itself and function effectively and efficiently, which helps the nation to grow in turn. Countries like Singapore have strived to provide much freedom in the entrepreneurial field, especially in incubating platforms like IIE, NTUitive and NUS Startup Runway from SMU, NTU and NUS respectively. These platforms are open to anyone to exercise their freedom of speech and proliferate business ideas, growing their own startups with help from mentors. Such initiatives allow the society to function more effectively in the fields critical to the economy. Therefore, it can be seen that freedom of speech, under guidance, certainly improves societal functioning.
It is clear that a society benefits from the intents of freedom of speech as it gives rise to value in all individuals and helps raise societal functioning. Freedom of speech, hence, serves its place in the society and should be deemed necessary in a free society. However, it is also important to note the misuse of freedom of speech by the media and understand the limitations of freedom speech.