Tuesday, December 24, 2013

HOLIDAY QUESTIONS for MALAYSIANS

MALAYSIAN EDUCATION: WHICH WAY SHOULD WE GO?
WHAT THEN MUST WE DO?
 
 


A FAVOURITE SUBJECT I WILL BE WRITING ABOUT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS ... or perhaps in my next column ... culminating in a book for 2014

... on the passionate and nationally-emotionally charged subject

of educational mission, philosophy, ideology, paradigm, pedagogy, process, passion, and the possibilities of a truly progressive and reflective nation ... recontructionism, rejuvenation, and reconfiguration of learning and teaching , from each brain cell/neural connection to the collective building of a civilization based on the principles of cosmopolitanism, from the womb to the grave ...

essentially these are the considerations that are missing in the Malaysian education system albeit the grand and elegant language of systemic change .. yes, the world "systemic" need to fist be reconstructed, as in any work that need to be done on the reconstruction of philosophy.

The big question by way of a "Backward Design" or with the end in mind, "what will be the shape of society we envision collectively as Malaysians," and "what kind of cognitive, emotional, and spiritual evolution we wish to see in each child, and how must schooling respond to these twin demands of a vision?

In the late 80s when I started this gentle and passionate profession called "teaching," I was fortunate to be involved in an effort to create a highly engaging environment and cultural context of learning, working with other dedicated educators day in day out to prepare determined and dedicated youth to secure places, by their own achievements, to top ranking places in the United Sates, the UK, and other countries.

These are some the places they got into: Princeton, Columbia, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachussettes Institute of Technology (MIT), Wharton School of Business in U Penn, Stanford, University of Paris -- Sorbonne, Carnegie Mellon, Monash, London School of Economics, Warwick, Australian National University, and many others ... an effort worth replicating should one know the proper ingredients and recipes of educational success framed evolvingly and contributing to the idea of "human and social engineering"

in essence .. how do you design a system that will bring bright and eager-to-learn children from the rubber estates, the city slums, the kampongs into the classrooms of the most prestigious universities in the world ? not a simple task of rhetorics of "world-classism" alone we must all work together in ...... -- ar

DO SHARE THIS QUESTION for IDEAS TO RENEW OUR PROSPERITY in EDUCATION ... CURSE NOT THE DARKNESS BUT LET US EACH LIGHT A CANDLE INSTEAD ... -- ar


http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=204341%3Amalaysia-deserves-a-new-education-minister-what-say-you%3F&Itemid=2#axzz2oPM3bDO6

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