Saturday, April 11, 2009

Our Education System

"Education in Malaysia is an on-going effort towards further developing the potential of individuals in a holistic and integrated manner, so as to produce individuals who are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically balanced and harmonic, based on a firm belief in and devotion to God. Such an effort is designed to produce Malaysian citizens who are knowledgeable and competent, who possess high moral standards and who are responsible and capable of achieving high level of personal well-being as well as being able to contribute to the harmony and betterment of the family, the society and the nation at large."

That's the National Education Philosophy and those words in bold are those that i wish to address in my expression on my opinion.

Take for example a boy who had caused troubles as well as breaking school regulation (such as smoking in the school compound) and has done so a few times and the only action the school took was to suspend him? Now, seeing that he has repeatedly done so in the past, would suspending help him?... or the suspension of school students was to actually “protect” other school students. Well, looks like discrimination to me. Minority cast away

So, meaning to say, that the educational philosophy does not apply to “trouble makers” and only to “good students”? Then, how on freakin earth are we going to help those kids?

Most of them aren’t that bad, they are just being teenagers and need to be handled and taught with patience (by the way, I know most teachers aren’t that patient) and I know it's “so much” to ask for.

Well, instead of suspending students, why can’t we do something else? Be creative people!

Option one: Let them attend class (suspending them would deprive of their education and would result to their poor achievement... duh ...) but at the end of the class, detention... and during that detention, have them do something. Clean the toilet, help teachers do chores around the school, do something that would have them learn at least a tiny-winy sense of responsibility.

Option two: again, let them attend class (hello, education is important so all of my options will urge these “troubled students” to attend class) and run a campaign against bully, smoking, and other issues. Well, if it’s not too much to ask off from schools to actually have one day for these awareness campaign and get teachers to be involve in monitoring and guiding these students to find materials and run the show. We don’t need smart and nice students doing it. This option is suggested in hope that while researching for materials, they would learn a thing or two about what they’ve done or put themselves into. Newspaper articles on bullied victim, pictures of a smoker’s lungs, and bla bla bla... that sort of thing.

Teacher’s can take turns in babysitting these students so there’s no reason that teachers don’t have time for this. Make some. It’s your job anyway, to educate and to be an educator. If it’s too much for you to handle such a task, why venture in the teaching profession at all?

There’s a lot of ways we can deal with these students and if given a chance and proper guidance, they’ll be magnificent individuals. We’ll see a different side of them that we failed to see before. Suspending them won’t work, trust me (why would you trust me, I’m just a nobody). Just put yourself in their shoes and from there figure things out. Teachers and the educational world should really take a look at their philosophy and reflect whether their actions really correspond to what they say in the philosophy. If not and planning not to change, then, the philosophy should just be ignored or abolish since it’s just a dusty decorative item in this country.

Parents, don’t think that you’ve got nothing to do with this. I’m not saying that all responsibilities should be shoved to the school. Parents do play a role as well. For example, when the school calls for you to come, get your a** there because it’s your daughters or sons’ well-being. Sometimes, it’s just a cry for attention. Spend more time with them. Talk about how did their day go by, what’s their favourite band, include them in your life and not just provide them with food, clothing, money and etc. and just think that you’ve done enough. It’s never enough when it comes to parenting.

Forgive me if I have offended any. It is not my intention to do so. It is just to express my opinion that has been there for many years as I go through school and graduate from it. There’s more to schools than just a place to learn subjects from. And if that is what school meant, then I have nothing to say. (Pardon any grammar errors that i may have failed to detect.)

1 comment:

  1. Dude, you're absolutely right.
    1) Suspending them doesn't work. If you suspend them, they are free to go smoke, lepak, mat rempit... What we're doing here is sweeping the dirt off our schools and keeping it problem free, not dealing with it. It's the easy way out ma... Suspension only works for students who are afraid to be suspended. For students who are not, it would be like "Yay! Extra hols for me!" This whole school system needs a revamp. if i'm in charge, I'll start off with:
    1) Sacking teachers who are not doing their job as an EDUCATOR
    2) Delete whatever minggu-minggu crap or open a post - Pengurus minggu-minggu dan bulan-bulan so that the teachers are free to TEACH
    3)Revamp the entire punishment system.
    4)Reduce class size
    5) 1 period = 1 hour
    Of course to do all these you need facilities and teachers so sacking teachers would be last - see their performance without those minggu crap, oh ya and I would make it less exam oriented (40% exam, 20% co-op teamwork involving subject matter based projects (design a rocket etc),20% sports (for those not sports inclined, go for arts (and the emphasis will be on guiding students, not solely on selecting only the fittest to take part, 20% community service (take the place of Moral).

    2) Parents' responsibity - yeah they should try to communicate more 'ask questions, get involved and not merely provide food, shelter, clothing. Yes we need this but what we need more is emotional and spiritual growth. A emotionally secured person in tattered clothes is better than one unhappy, unfulfilled dude in golden robes.