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".