THE EDUCATED UNEDUCATED
people these days...I came across lots of articles on this subject recently - The Educated Uneducated People.
I hate to say it but I have to admit - it's very TRUE !!!
You see, we are what we were educated with. We become a person with what education did to us.. Simple. What was being taught to us in our schooling days is what we become. Get it?
Let me put it in point form:
1. 1960's and 1970's: Those were the days when students have no say, whatsoever. Teachers were well respected. Teachers were looked up as "people with lots of knowledge". Teachers were the "gurus" of everything. Teachers didn't have diplomas or degrees to show - but they have all the materials to educate students to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc, etc...
Education was done in English. Bright and industrious students benefited from these "pure" dedicated teachers - and became doctors, engineers, lawyers with degrees from respected universities overseas... These students were really educated.
2. 1980's: During the 80's, the education system started to change. Malaysia started to put more emphasis on Science and Technology - but in Malay. Education was done in the Malay language. The education policy was to have more students learning pure science and maths - with the vision of getting more scientists. Universities started to produce more science and maths "Malay speaking" teachers to teach students in secondary schools. Diplomas were awarded to these batches of teachers until 1987 when this special programme (in UPM, UTM, UiTM) ended with abundance of science and maths teachers.
Students who scored Maths and Science subjects with a minimum of a "C grade" in their Form 3's Lower Certificate of Education (LCE/SRP - now known as PMR) were forced into the science stream. That was the education policy...
3. 1990's: This was the turning point era - when economics and accounting subjects were introduced into the education system. The "under achievers" students (those who cannot make it to the science stream) in the Form 3/SRP/PMR were lured into this stream - what they called as the "social science" stream. I consider this "the killer" in the education system.
Why? It was this "social science" that made average people earning more money than the above average people. Graduates with accounting and economics earned more than what a doctor or engineer got. Malaysians started to be more materialistic.. People started to make money and became "get rich" minded. Education was starting to get disarray because parents started to avoid putting their children into science streams and ending up with nothing. They preferred to be secured.
4. 2000's: It got worst! Teachers were more business minded and you could see teachers doing part time jobs to earn more money. Their pay was still the same but the cost of living have doubled... So, you could see teachers selling MLM's (multi-level marketing) products in staff rooms and among students too. Business have become their prime job and teaching came second. Students were left to study by themselves and the discipline among students was deteriorating. Educated parents started to get involved in school management (mostly disturbing), and the Education Ministry did not help either.. Students became "big-headed" because teachers could not "touch" them. Schools were and are ruled by parents !!!
5. 2012: The damage had been done. The education system have somewhat produced the present "educated uneducated" batch of "civilised" Malaysians on the streets. You can notice their manners, their behaviour, their actions, their moral values.... Say what you want..
So, when you have street demos in the capital - it is not something new. That is the product of the present education system in Malaysia !!! Don't blame them... Blame on the education system itself - YOU !!!
It will take another 50 years to change the mindset of Malaysians - and it is a very difficult thing to do...
Good Luck Malaysia !!!
Related articles in the press:
A Kathirasen (NST journalist):
I REMEMBER the gentleman's bicycle that my father had. I sat on the bar in front of the sturdy Raleigh bicycle as muscle-power carried me to school during the first few years of my studies.
The gentleman's bicycle was a common sight right up to the 1970s. Why was it called a gentleman's bicycle? My guess is that it was because the bicycle was a solid machine made for men and because those who rode it, I'd like to believe, were gentlemen.
The ladies' bicycle, by the way, did not have a bar in front; this was so that it would be easier for them to get on and off the bicycle.
I was reminded of this particular bicycle during a conversation with a couple of friends, one taciturn and the other loquacious.
The conversation had begun with the loquacious one, who was in an acherontic mood, castigating motorists for parking their vehicles haphazardly.
Wouldn't it have been so much better, he asked, if bicycles had not gone out of fashion.
The loquacious one is right. Many of us simply don't care about other road users. We park where it is convenient: by the road beside the shop we want to enter, by the road junction, even on the kerb.
It's often worse in housing estates. Mr Taciturn had many tales about his housing estate.
"You, know, there is an apartment not far from my house. Since there are more cars than parking bays inside the compound, many motorists park along both sides of the roads, and at the junctions nearby. They don't care that other road users find it hard to see approaching vehicles, not to mention drive through."
It's worse outside schools, interjected the loquacious one.
True. Parents often park where they like as they wait for their children to come out of the school compound. Some double park, some triple park, some wait with engines running right in front of the school, unconcerned that other road users can't get through because of them. Very often those waiting have large cars. Almost always, the parents look educated; at least their dressing says so.
I believe we have in our midst an increasing number of the educated uneducated. I don't know how else to describe these people who can read, write and do arithmetic. Many of them surely possess degrees, yet they are not averse to displaying inconsiderate behaviour.
Part of the problem, of course, is the lack of parking space which can be traced to poor planning and implementation by city planners and local government officials.
Mr Loquacious said: "There are many inefficient and ineffective people working in local authorities. Many of them are selfish enough to help developers who are rich or politically connected circumvent requirements, and in the process, they shortchange the public."
We decided to park these guys under the "educated uneducated" category.
The loquacious one pointed to recent events in Malaysia, including the incident where a group of ex-soldiers shook their bottoms in front of Bersih 3.0 co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan's house.
Supporters of political parties are increasingly showing violent tendencies. Even policemen have allegedly beaten up journalists.
More people are becoming loutish. More Malaysians seem to be embracing violence as a method of resolving differences. More Malaysians are telling lies and half-truths, knowing full well the ramifications of their acts.
And this, despite the fact that our literacy rate in 2009 was 93 per cent, according to the United Nations Development Programme; this despite the fact that we have more gradates today.
Is our education system educating people? Doesn't look like it. The system is merely feeding students information and dogma.
Education is the process of perfecting human beings; of humanising man; of allowing his capabilities and talents to grow; of inculcating a sense of right and wrong; of knowing both one's rights and one' responsibilities to society. In other words, education should produce decent men; it should produce gentleman.
There were gentlemen aplenty during the time of first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. Now, that was a decent man and a decent leader, if ever there was one.
We often think that the ancients were barbarians or uneducated or less educated than us.
But, back then, people showed decency and civility even in the midst of battle.
Take the Trojan war: the warring parties gave no quarter and expected none on the battlefield but when evening came, they stopped fighting and allowed both sides to take away the dead for burial and the wounded for treatment.
The epic Mahabharata abounds with tales of decency among warriors. For instance, whenever a great leader fell, the fighting would stop and leaders from both sides would pay their respects to the fallen hero. That is decency.
Those kings, generals and warriors did not have degrees or diplomas, but they were certainly educated people. They had a strong sense of decency.
"Today," the taciturn one observed, "every dirty trick is used to fight one's opponent. If somebody is down, they kick him. There is no chivalry, no civility. People cannot agree to disagree. And we say we are civilised."
Yes, I fear a labefaction of decency and civil order among Malaysians, including those in positions of influence and power.
I fear the rise of the educated uneducated. The gentleman, I think, disappeared with the gentleman's bicycle.