Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thanks Dad for making the right choice..

Came across this one today.....
Nice one, Mr. Liong Kam Chong !!

None spoke English in the beginning

SUPPORTERS of the PPSMI (the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English) and the call for “Must Pass English” are accused by some as being anglophiles who come from English-speaking families and therefore do not truly understand the plight of students from Chinese and Indian new villages and Malay villages.
Point taken. But let’s ponder a little deeper.
First, recognise that in the beginning none of the so-called English-speaking families spoke English at home.
They spoke their mother tongue during the earlier years. Then, a father, a grandfather or a forefather got a vision and was convinced that the English language was global and important, and boldly decided to make the switch.
For the first generation in any of these families, the switch to English was not an easy endeavour. They must have “suffered” much agony learning a foreign tongue. Their perseverance, self-confidence, diligence, patience and faith finally bore fruit.
True, for some, the learning process might not have been that tedious or challenging as circumstances and experiences in their life were different and could have somehow facilitated their learning.
For most, however, it was through sheer hard work and determination that saw them triumph over the odds.
And, today generations down the line, their young ones, are finding it easy, even “natural” to speak English.
But, it is a battle that had been won by their far-sighted ancestors. It was not delivered on a silver platter.
Second, since a firm foundation has been laid, the present generation of these families will find it easier to build further on their English proficiency and “agility”.
With English, they have the whole world at their feet, so to speak.
If they have been as hardworking, diligent and steadfast, and have all other qualities and traits of their pioneering forefathers, they can easily find themselves qualified and accessible to all arenas of knowledge and skills, and professions the world has to offer.
Their children have gone on to the best English-speaking Ivy-league universities; they work for global conglomerates; they are active in NGOs of world standing, even United Nations bodies; they win prizes and competitions at the international level; their talents and expertise are well sought after, not only regionally but also globally.
Third, in all these, they are still Malaysians at heart for they can think and act both “locally and globally”.
Many still keep their mother tongue and are proud of it. This was the vision their forefathers had, believed in and acted on. And, that vision is now being realised generations down the line. There was no spoon-feeding.
These are the so-called English-speaking families that have made it. Not forgetting, of course, there are also those who have failed for reasons best known to them.
It is a father, a grandfather or a forefather who had the courage and boldness to hop out of the proverbial "tempurung" to see and recognise the world as it is.
It is they who rejected the clutch and decided to walk on their own. It is because of them that their present descendents can stand tall and not be “bullied” by the world. It’s that simple.
It is time for some fathers to wake up from their slumber and shake off their complacency. The world does not owe us a living and neither will it wait for us.

Maintain medium of instruction

MATHEMATICS and Science are two vital parts of our everyday life.
We need them for simple activities such as counting money or maintaining a healthy diet.
We also need them for more advanced studies such as medicine and engineering.
In our schools, Mathematics and Science are taught in English. This, in my opinion, was a good decision by the Government because students would be able to cope in foreign countries such as England, Australia and the United States.
However, two years ago, the Education Ministry announced that Mathematics and Science would be taught in Bahasa Melayu starting next year.
I was devastated by this. My peers and I have been learning Mathematics and Science in English for six years. All of our studying, the product of our hard work (especially for the UPSR), was wasted.
I feel cheated for having to spend hours learning Mathematics and Science by myself, at extra classes and at tuition in English when the ministry wants to change it to Bahasa Melayu.
I understand that students who live in rural areas are weaker in English but I honestly believe that they would have a brighter future if they learn Mathematics and Science in English.
I have absolutely nothing against Bahasa Melayu. In fact, I want to continue learning it. But shouldn’t we learn Mathematics and Science, two subjects which are important in every country, in the language that is most widely spoken across the world?
I notice that many students are going to international schools because of this switch (including myself). I don’t want to hear anyone say that I am a Chinese boy trying to make studies easier for myself because I am not.
I have Malay friends who want to study Mathematics and Science in English even more than I do.
Even the average citizens from a semi-poor country like Pakistan can speak better English than the average Malaysian.
Do we really need to make these two subjects in Bahasa Melayu? Is it really a good idea? What is the purpose?
None of these questions have been properly answered.
Well, I can give all three in order: No. No. None.
Honestly, this action has no reason and after two years I still don’t know why the ministry made this decision.
If anyone from the Education Ministry of reads this, I hope you will consider what I have written.
WEILIAM EU (12-year-old),
Petaling Jaya.

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