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Friday, December 05, 2008

How to fix Malaysian education, Part 2

TO: OPINION LEADERS IN EDUCATION

Below is a continuation of a series of thoughts on long-term educational improvement. It is in the form of experiment between the yellow states (PR- governed) and the blue states (BN-governed) of Malaysia.


ii) I have some ideas on how we can evolve out of this current political quagmire and focus our attention to an ever-pressing national question: how best to educate the children of our nation.

We need to have the states governed by Pakatan Rakyat experiment with a new paradigm of educational reform -- to showcase what "human capital revolution", "education across the life span" and "education for creative and critical consciousness" means.

Not only to showcase one but to have a continuous improvement plan that uses data-driven and sociologically reflective techniques to engineer, nurture, and sustain such changes until education becomes the only means to educate the child to become a thinking, feeling, and reflecting human being skilled to live in harmony with people of different races and consistently exploring the power to transform the self.

In other words, we need to interrogate our educational practices and see if indeed the one that is engineered by the current regime of Barisan Nasional is effective.

We can embark upon a longitudinal comparative study – which states will progress better with a different set of idea of what education ought to be. The Yellow states of Pakatan Rakyat and the Blue states of Barisan Nasional can each be given five years to showcase improvement.

We need to give them only these concepts to work on:

  • "nature of the human beings",
  • "nature of the human mind",
  • "nature of learning and teaching",
  • "nature of change",
  • "nature of intellectual freedom",
  • "nurture of human intelligence",
  • "nurture of multiculturalism", and
  • "nurture of class consciousness".

5 comments:

Jarod said...

Malaysian Education System is totally not giving the opportunity needed for students to think. It has been years that students taught to keep quiet and listen to the teacher without giving feedback.

It would be good, but I wonder how many concerned parents would agree to this proposal?

joenathan said...

To have creative and critical thinking pupils,we also need creative and critical thinking teachers.Do we have such teachers now?And the exam oriented education system has not helped further.My message is simple,revamp the total education curriculum including the history books.Be serius in educating our young minds with the best teachers regardless of what race or religion they belong too. And dont islamise or politicize our national schools.Otherwise we will continue to produce candidates who stammer and roll eyes during interviews as we have now.

Badri said...

Farmers are told to consume the small seeds from the harvest, and plant the big seeds for the next crop. Planting the big seeds provides a higher chance of a good crop.

Likewise, if we want better students, use the best of our graduates for teachers. Review the perks of becoming a teacher to make it the more attractive - but then be very, very selective on how teachers are chosen. Be very, very selective as to who gets into Teachers Training. Only the Best will be chosen. Only those with true passion will be chosen.

Omong said...
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Omong said...

whoah ...

I'm overwhelmed by CONCEPTs (theory)

paradigm of educational reform
sociologically reflective techniques; nature
opportunity needed
best teachers
perks
true passion

What does it translate to?
In practical terms, does it mean ...
BM as medium of instruction?
Only graduates can be teachers?
Their pay must be RM5,000?
Class size must be a ratio of 1:10?
Students must score perfect A's?
Or students who can debate well?
No more written exams that mostly test memory rather than intellect?
New assessment methods - means what? - projects, industrial research, organising events, political awareness campaigns??

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