the mrbrown show: bound to fail

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Get on the Through Train! The new one for the under-achievers!

Podcast iconPodcast: the mrbrown show 28 Jan 2008: bound to fail Download MP3 (MP3, file size: 1.7mb, Time: 00:03:34)


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25 Responses to “the mrbrown show: bound to fail”

  1. ashan Says:

    you cut me man… you cut me deep.

  2. Klinsen Says:

    D: flaming that school’s principal the way we all have learnt to love - the mrbrown way :D

  3. benben=) Says:

    Haha!! The through train that move you to work after primary 6..!

    And now I’m doing N-level this year~~haha
    I’m quite motivated to study harder =P

  4. bgfdd Says:


    Sarcasm at the highest level. LOL..

    “you better go away before our other student sees and and have their intelligence eroded.” Quote from podcast.


  5. Bound to fail « Yesterday….Today….Tomorrow Says:

    […] Bound to fail You will have read in the recent newspapers on an article about the comments made by a principal of a secondary school to the Sec 5 pupils saying that they stand a better chance by applying for entry into ITE rather than making an attempt to sit for their O Levels exams. “Through Train” - as in having the academic ability to skip the O Levels exams and proceed directly for the A Level exams or perhaps it could mean that the school is “through” with training you? Let’s hear the podcast from Mr Brown on Bound to Fail. […]

  6. thedanielrichard Says:

    “I’m psychic. That’s why I’m the principle”
    Good one there! :D

  7. HaHaHa Says:

    PQP reminds me of the withdrawn “Graduate mothers programme” of some bygone years.

  8. fynyx Says:

    Dear mrbrown,

    Funny, cutting show.

    Social engineering at its most blatant again.
    Perhaps many overlook that O levels does not guarantee any world-best success in competing for the future, with the likes of China and India.

    True innovators and entrepreneurs here, may ignore this silly obsession with a mere examination.

  9. fynyx Says:


    The podcast is dated wrongly.
    Should be ‘080128′, not ‘071228′ (which was ‘kayu_patrol’).

  10. adeline Says:

    You guys did a great job….not just BOLD blantant social engineering, but also accurate, hit-the-nail social engineering that speaks the truth. What you highlighted is all true…in Singapore, only the cream of the cream are well cherished, the rest….like you say…don’t need to do OLevel…not talking rocks here….those who feel that the guys at Mr Brown Show is hurting you, cutting too deeply, remember that what is discussed is probably the secret wishes of many principALS.
    Unfortunately, not only are schools ranked, even principals and teachers are ranked, and the ranking is made known to all schools; so how to hide one’s face when results take a dip for the worse?
    As for the 5-year students…don’t be so hard on yourselves. The syllabus in Singapore is truly….. if you study even in the US or Australia, you will be among the top in your class. Even don’t do well, it’s not teachers’ fault, it is just this: too bad! what to do? the school system is like this, lor! What to do! Nothing. Every one hears, but no one listens!

  11. adeline Says:

    What to do? Every pure breed and bleeding Singaporean needs the GCE O Level else will become sweeper….exactly like what you said lah. Now, already A Level and Diploma holders are those nice folks behind bank counters who take your money, count them, and update your bankbooks and serve your other banking needs….and this is 2008…and it has been like this for the past 10 years or more. WELL….10 years or 20 years from now, people like you and me…those with just poor O, A, Diploma or Degree with be the ones serving at MacDonald’s and KFC and the banks’ counters! It will be those with Masters that will rule schools, corporations and the government…oopppsss…oh sorry lah….PhD probably needed for government posts!
    What to do!!! NOthing. With so many Universities handing out degrees like nobody’s business in Singapore, soon, our dear Singapore will become like the US where degrees holders earn peanuts….oopppsss….by then it may be peanut-skins earnings… as non-degree holders become the stars of bartops, runners for Russian and Italian mafias, card-dealers at our casinos (oh! opps. politically correct term to use….Integrated Resorts) and of course as the Loony Tune favourites walking all around our IRs!!! Need to, what! No true train, leh.

  12. SN Says:

    i think grades are important if one wanna work in the government sector, if ya aspire 2b an entrepreneur and carve out a career on your own, well i think determination and passion matters much more =)

  13. Dr Chan Says:

    Remind me of OCs in the army who make the sure fail soldiers report sick during IPPT. This is almost like a national policy. But in this case, I think the soldiers won’t complain.

  14. JC Mugger Says:

    This really cuts deep into my heart! So lucky I’m born in 1990 or I sure die liao!
    The new syllabus for O levels is a torture to average students who depend on hard work and effort to pass. Most significant of all are components which emphasize more on application than theory. Most of which are meant for people with a higher order intelligence than average. THis explains why the top schools and JCs tend to continuously do well for O and A levels as their sudents are the crim of the crop in the nation, while average schools tend not to do so well as the best of their studetns are of a lower intelligence.
    Our education also emphsizes too much on sciencs compared to humanities subjects such as historyand art where some people have aptitude in. However, the sheer emphasis on science has made these talenst go to waste after these poor souls screw up their exams as they have no aptitude in the subjects they are forced to take.
    Forunately, there are Sec5 students who are still able to make it to Uni, but inly a small percentage. We should be helping these people to achieve more rather than (like what SOME PRINCIAPLS SAID), get rid of them. They all have a fighting chance just like all of us.

  15. Mingst3r Says:

    this is so harsh, yet so funny :D

  16. G Says:

    Our rigid system is designed such that the Creme de la creme will succeed.I’m 16 this year and yes,the damn O’levels.

    The PSLE is another stupid exam.Kids are not ready to take at that age!That’s why we have late-blossoms.But at least we’re much better than our Korean counterparts where after 18 years of education,they fate is decided on one exam.

    Kudos to MrBrown!

  17. John T Says:

    It hurts because its true ya. When I was in VJ, the principal and a computing HoD we call Gila Monster keep putting down weaker students. When people want to try hard to become better, its terrible that schools are the ones who put them down and step on them. Teaching should be about nurturing and believing in people right? I think MrBrown highlights a very depressing situation in many of our institutions.

  18. mariam Says:

    Sigh, so true, so true.

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  20. Anon Says:

    “We have no room for the average” … very true

    “I think you Sec 5 students should just kill yourselves” LOL so ridiculous!

  21. Chuck Says:

    Adolf Huxley’s brave new world has arrived in Singapore.

  22. hell girl Says:

    this is really funny..

  23. benJuiliemire Says:

    Test message
    Sorry me noob…

  24. casognoto Says:

    There was this guy see.
    He wasn’t very bright and he reached his adult life without ever having learned “the facts”.
    Somehow, it gets to be his wedding day.
    While he is walking down the isle, his father tugs his sleeve and says,

    “Son, when you get to the hotel room…Call me”

    Hours later he gets to the hotel room with his beautiful blushing bride and he calls his father,

    “Dad, we are the hotel, what do I do?”

    “O.K. Son, listen up, take off your clothes and get in the bed, then she should take off her clothes and get in the bed, if not help her. Then either way, ah, call me”

    A few moments later…

    “Dad we took off our clothes and we are in the bed, what do I do?”

    O.K. Son, listen up. Move real close to her and she should move real close to you, and then… Ah, call me.”

    A few moments later…


    “O.K. Son, Listen up, this is the most important part. Stick the long part of your body into the place where she goes to the bathroom.”

    A few moments later…

    “Dad, I’ve got my foot in the toilet, what do I do?”

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