The sad state of our education system

Bismillah,

Recently, Malaysia was shocked by a video showing a student being humiliated while she was trying to ask question during a forum in UUM. The video had gone viral and it had created waved among the citizens, especially university students. Even the politician are taking advantages of this situation by accusing the government as trying to indoctrine the students while the other half trying their best to stay away from the culprits in the video. Lots of assumption had been made. For me , the root of this problem come from the system of education itself,plus the society perception towards education that mould the way people are being educated right now

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Nowadays, people are not being educated; they’re being tested for levels of obedience. School and university is about memorizing what you are told short term and repeating it. The bulk of how you are graded is by completely daily busy work. This is for the work force the most important quality in a worker bee actually is obedience.

I think it is so true of how reliant our society has become on standardized tests. Not all kids are the same; they don’t learn in the same ways, at the same pace. Certain children may not test well. I don’t think it is fair to assume that just because a certain student doesn’t perform as well on standardized tests they are not as smart or as educated as their peers. They may be poor test takers, may not have cared about the test because they realize theirgrades aren’t affected by it, or perhaps just were having an off day. On top of this, we put too much emphasis on testing in schools. Students have a lot of anxiety about these tests, and it is because teachers are pressured to make sure their students perform well. As I’ve said before, I think it is more important for the child to learn about subjects and broad concepts, not to just memorize random trivia to do well on a test.

We take hour upon hour from our school year teach kids to make educated guesses, to eliminate answers that make no sense, to practice tricky multiple choice questions and to review fandom trivia, all for the sake of doing well on a test. I am not saying there are not good reasons to have these types of tests, I am sure they do a lot of good, I just don’t feel we should focus as much time making sure these children perform well on these tests.

The children in the cartoon look very worried about the test results, and an unfair assumption is made that just because a student (or several students for that matter) doesn’t fit the mold they have formed, that the ENTIRE public education system is flawed in some way. Some students don’t perform well on tests. Is this the fault of the child? The teacher? The school? The public education system in general?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
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