How cool is this? Kids in Singapore are being (gulp) ENCOURAGED to blog!

Nine junior colleges and 43 secondary schools will slug it out online in the Inter-school Blogging Championship organised by SingTel and the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Five student leaders from each school will help sustain and moderate the blogs from next month till August, during which their schoolmates are free to post messages on the blogs via the Internet or mobile phones. They can win more than $15,000 in cash and 3G mobile phones.

But that’s not even the best part.

Promising that there would be “no strict no-no’s” laid down on taboo topics, MP Miss Penny Low (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC), who is one of the judges, said the perimeter would be set as the competition progresses.

“We are pushing new grounds with this platform and there will be a certain amount of risk. However, we want the children to learn that there has to be a balance between self-expression and responsibility,” she said.

Oh. My. Goodness. A balance?

I wonder how many American educators would propose the same contest.

(Via Alec Courous)