PT3 o PT3!

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It is hard to say, why parents should be so upset with the recent PT3 results.

As an educationist, I am not into the idea of mass instructions reflected by this centralized series of exam. There are so many reasons, be it economic, political, cultural, or even psychological, why the exams fail to serve justice. Students are individually unique and the standardized exams are always good at ignoring them.

Teachers and schools know their students better and school should have the autonomy to design the assessment based on the uniqueness of each institution. At least, part of it is exercised through this new PT3 where marking is not centralized. And the poor result should be taken as a measurement for improvement at school level, rather than blaming here and there.

There’s nothing to be upset. The result does not determine anything. Not even SPM, not to mention the future of our kid.

Independent School, Independent Culture, Independently Survive!

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When my wife and I decided to send our kids to private schools, we consciously understood what sort of future would it be for them. If they want to pursue their higher education abroad, getting a normal scholarship is not going to be easy, no matter how good the qualification is. That is the reason, I prefer using the term independent school, rather than private school. The idea of being independent must properly embedded right from the beginning.

Teach Less, Learn More!

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Algebra was already taught in Primary School. Proverbs were already part of Malay Language syllabus when our children were only 8 years old; age when abstract thinking was still distance away from the proper cognitive to understand metaphore. Mubtada’ and khabar which the teachers used to learn when they were in Secondary School, are now already introduced in Primary School. And yet our students still don’t speak Arabic, as many wish.

ITEP Week #10: Islamic Education vs Muslim Education

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This week, we are required to read Farid Panjwani’s  “The” Islamic” in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse.”Current Issues in Comparative Education 7, no. 1 (2004): 19-29.  The article is available at eric.ed.gov

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.

Brothers, sisters and teachers,

I believe that Farid Panjwani in his article title ‘The ‘Islamic’ in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse’ raised a very important issue which is not limited only to education, but to the whole discussion about Islam.

Video: Law of Learning by Prof Muhammad al-Mahdi Jenkins

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If a chicken can be made standing on its right leg, walking in circle, peck the red button and rewarded by food, can a man learn better if he follows the law of learning?

Our minds are not random. They behave according to certain rules. The rules can be understood, and applying the understanding to a learning process, makes character shaping possible.