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Old 02-21-2009, 10:19 AM   #15
Bee Hoon
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^Well said, Pavlos.

Malaysia has a terrible education system. The syllabus is painfully limited--in history, we only did two chapters on the history of the world. Everything else that that I learned in Forms Four and Five was about Malaysia and the history of the Islamic world:/ Even that was such a clearly biased account that reading it made my brain shut down in protest. Literature for English and Malay was recently introduced, and they give us gutted versions of novels (e.g. The Phantom of the Opera) for English, while the Malay novels read like trashy propaganda brochures with inane plots.

The current focus is on getting as many students with as good results as possible. Instead of raising the standard of teaching to actually produce better students, they just mess with the graph and lower the benchmark for A's. I want to know that if I get an A, then I really deserved it, but blah

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the tl:dr version--Less studying, more learning, less propaganda, more balanced views.



The sun goes down and the sky reddens, pain grows sharp.
light dwindles. Then is evening
when jasmine flowers open, the deluded say.
But evening is the great brightening dawn
when crested cocks crow all through the tall city
and evening is the whole day
for those without their lovers

-Kuruntokai 234, translated by A.K. Ramanujan

[Fic] Shreds of a Dying Belief
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