How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Having a troublesome child? He or she could be gifted!

While going through some newspaper cuttings kept for years, I found one, A challenge for the gifted, which was published in Sunday Star on October 5, 1997! I did a quick search online but could not locate the article, so I have the salient points typed for sharing. I am sure you will agree that it is too good to just throw it away and that it is worthwhile even if the article could be found elsewhere in the internet and just one parent found it useful.

It was 'the first of a two-part series by Phoebe Fong-Smith which provides an insight from Victoria, Australia, where parents of gifted children are struggling with both the private and public education systems. Often, inadequate support and a lack of understanding on the part of schools means that the educational needs of such children are being neglected.'


''They are energetic, assertive and persistent. Bored easily, gifted children may often become disruptive in class."
"Highly emotional, some may also cry easily. Many are sensitive to fairness, justice, moral issues and dilemmas; they may at the same time be sceptical, critical and judgmental of others."
A case study...
"It was even suggested that perhaps Mark was suffering from epilepsy or some other disorder. It was woeful and distressing." she elaborates.
"Finally, at her wit's end, she took Mark to a psychologist who confirmed that Mark was in fact gifted, and that he was suffering from boredom and distraction."

Is your child intellectually gifted? A quick checklist

A gifted child:
Learns quickly and easily;
Has an extraordinary memory;
Reads from an early age, and extensively;
Displays a high degree of sensitivity;
Exhibits perfectionism;
Has, and uses appropriately, an extensive vocabulary;
Displays curiosity, imagination, creativity and originality in thinking;
Has an advanced sense of humour;
Has a questioning mind;
Has keen powers of observation and reasoning;
Develops a deep interest or passion in a particular topic; over a period of time;
Has a great interest in nature, humanity and the universe.
To become a member of Mensa, the high IQ society, one has to have a formally assessed IQ score of at least 130. This represents the top 2% of the population for intelligence.

Ten tips for parenting gifted children
1. Remember that your gifted child is still a child. No matter how superior his intellect, a 10-year-old's physiological, social and emotional needs are still those of a 10-year old.
2. Encourage your child to take intellectual risks and to go a little further, don't push. The gifted child knows his own limits and pushes himself if and when his intellect is stimulated, motivated and challenged. Parental pushing often causes a gifted child to withdraw into himself.
3. Praise your gifted child for his efforts and perseverance. His anxiety to achieve needs constant reassurance and encouragement. Support him in his learning efforts as he needs help and guidance, too.
4. Listen to your gifted child. Give him your attention. His curiosity makes him want to ask questions. His enquiring mind needs answers. His intellect needs nurturing and stimulation. Provide him with access to a range of educational sources such as books, magazines, encyclopedias, the Internet and other information-based resources.
5. Support your gifted child in pursuit of his passions and interests. Don't force your own unfulfilled aspirations on to him. Let him aspire to be what he wants to be and not what you want him to be.
6. Remember that your gifted child is a human being, too. Let him live like one. His mind doesn't have to be "working" every waking minute of the day. His mind is still being stimulated even when he's reading, playing, daydreaming or watching TV.
7. Take your gifted child to visit libraries, bookshops, museums, art galleries, zoos, science exhibitions, historical sites and places of interest. Let him join a special-interest or hobby club.
8. Don't compare your gifted child with his non-gifted siblings or other children. Don't favour or single him out just because he is gifted. That causes jealousy, resentment and alienation among children.
9. Discipline your gifted child as you would his non-gifted sibling. Don't spoil him just because he is gifted. Teach him right from wrong. Giftedness is not an excuse for unacceptable behaviour.
10. Lastly, remember that you are human, too. You have a life to live. You need help, guidance, support and understanding in parenting, and catering to the special needs of your gifted child. Don't be afraid to reach out for help. Enjoy your gifted child.

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