This is my first post in this series. I really get obsessed with the ranking by Newsweek and could not get it out of my head. Even watching The Big Bang Theory did not help. My first topic in this series in which I call Obsession With Ranking (OWR) is about Education.
I love talking about education this few days probably because of personal reason perhaps. I am a very lazy student, so school failed me. An American President (I forgot which one) that he was a smart student, but education ruined him. The Newsweek ranking made me do a lot of research on our education standard compared to the rest of the world.
I came across an article in BBC that shows what educationalists learnt from Finland which has the best school system in the world.
|No child is left behind!|
- Situation: Our education systems meanwhile put much emphasise on Maths, Sciences and Languages and study them academically, not practically. It is nothing wrong with the emphasise, but the exam-focused teaching method has left many behind. Our education systems are bias towards those who have higher cognitive abilities.
|Parents should put more emphasise on|
reading at home
- I give my highest respect to the Government for realising this and I can see very much focus on pre-schooling education nowadays. It is even part of Government's Transformation Program (GTP).
- Globalisation has made everyone becomes more the same. Every country put the same hierarchy in their education system (Maths and Science at the top) until they all produce robots. Personalised attention is very much needed in our education system; less students per school, high teacher to students ratio, individual development. We need to produce unique robots who are like human, not human who are like robots!