30 Jan '14, 9pm

What a waste of a good generation - by Azly Rahman (Mkini)

Azly Rahman Malaysiakini Jan 25, 2014 Are we addicted to testing the child in school? Tests, tests, and more tests. Test anything that moves. But what is the child’s mind and how to understand it to make Malaysian schools more than just training camps for dull young minds? The mind is all these: active, ready to learn new things, always hungry for knowledge, for deeply engaging environment of exploration that can be offered by the system. The mind is not a place to be made idle, or a temple of boredom, or a funnel to shove in mere facts, useless information that has no relevance to the idea of meaning and learning, or have no sense of connection to the child’s experience. The mind has to always be in a mode of higher order thinking, of the excitement generated in the upper brain or the corpus callosum and not be placed in the reptilian mode of “fight or flight”, where the ...

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2014/01/31/what-a-waste-of-a-...

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