chapter  12
A disciplinary approach to teaching historical controversy in Singapore’s schools: The case of the Internal Security Act
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Although controversy is ever-present in the public arena and central to disciplinary work in history, there is a noticeable absence of controversy presented in the Secondary Two History of Singapore syllabus. By analyzing ‘Unit 10: The Nation-building Years, 1965-1971’ in Singapore’s Lower Secondary History curriculum, we consider the extent to which the curriculum might include recent scholarship in Singapore about historiography and nationbuilding efforts as well as history education research. In particular, we focus on the Lower Secondary History curriculum’s treatment of national security issues. We situate the unit in the broader narrative arc of the history of Singapore presented in the history curriculum as well as in social and ideological contexts that have shaped Singapore’s history curriculum.