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

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright - until you hear them speak.

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?

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.)

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Parents' dilemma in education

I have tried giving some advice to two young mothers on children's education but I have come to realize I could be out of touch. Both of them have children studying in a Chinese school and both complained about their children's poor results, and teachers' complaints, despite attending tuition classes. Both mothers use the cane often to try to get homework done. Would they listen if I told them it is actually illegal to do that in UK? I told them about how sensitive children will have life-long 'scars' when beaten or slapped. It would appear the children are likely to get immune to such harsh punishments for not finishing their school homework.

During my time, we learned about making it easy and relaxing for children to learn things, or at their own pace. Now I am told they have to attend tuition classes or else they could not catch up with the rest of the class. Honestly, I have no answer for that. But I can tell them that rushing to various tuition centres could be tiring for them and would affect their attention in class. This was borne out by one of the comments that they feel sleepy at school or tuition class. Wouldn't it be better if the time saved from attending tuition classes be used to recharge themselves so that they could pay more attention in class? I would blame the lack of interest in studies to the pressures from the parents and teachers. Instead of making it interesting, studying becomes a chore and who would like that?

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