In Malaysia, it seems that no one is encouraged to write or to think. Our imaginations are suppressed. Once you start writing or speak up your mind especially against our bloody government, oh boy, won’t you get into trouble. The authorities can’t wait to get their hands on you at mere sentence against them. Basically in Malaysia, you are not allowed to ‘think’, to ‘write’, to ‘speak’ or ‘to let your imaginations run wild’. We are restricted in many ways not only during our adult years, but these restriction nonsense actually started when we were in school.
Dear readers, whether you realize it or not, the government is really trying to control the way we think and behave since we’re still bratty school children through our education system. The education system that is implemented is actually shaping our children’s mindset and attitude. Everything actually started in school, in the classroom.
When we were in school, we are taught to shut up and just memorize whatever the teacher wrote on the bloody blackboard. They don’t care whether we understand what they are teaching or not, as long as we can remember long enough to jot down whatever rubbish they feed us during examination.
I daresay that most of the school kids these days barely understood what they are taught in school, but they simply memorize what they are taught because that’s the way to survive the academical beast known as exam and tests. Passing and excel in a certain exam is a priority. Thinking is not. That’s the way it has been, and always will be in Malaysia, unless someone is powerful enough to do something to change it.
Primary as well as secondary school kids are not encouraged to think out of the box. Right brain users, usually students who excel in creative and language field are usually deem inferior in comparison to those who are good in mathematics or physics. Creative students who actually ‘thinks’ and good in art or literature are often looked down upon by teachers and parents alike.
They call students like this as stupid daydreamers who have no hope in the future. They are convinced that people like this will end up being unsuccessful in life and teachers will give trouble to students who have such criteria pretty often instead of encouraging them to express themselves.
Heck, even yours truly gets into trouble pretty often during her school years, just because she’s talkative, loves to ask a lot of questions as well annoyingly creative with her words in her writings and essays. The teachers who taught me when I was in school probably threw a party once I left school, as they finally get rid of one talkative students who constantly leaves them deadpanned with her questions and musings.
Leaving school to further my studies, I discovered the joy of thinking and being creative all over again. I have freedom to think and express myself through various medium to a certain extent. As a working adult, i even thrive on writing.
Thinking back, I would seriously enjoy studying in school more if I were to allowed to think and express myself better. Unfortunately, Malaysian education system restrict us from doing so. Isn’t it sad? School is supposed to be a place for lifelong learning, not a place for memorizing whatever that is taught to you or whatever outdated information that is is written in the age old textbooks that you’re forced to carry every damn day in your schoolbags whether you use it or not.
Seriously speaking, we not only need a better government who can govern better and improvise our political weather and stabilize our economy so that our standard of living could be improved gradually, but we also need a major revamp in our education system that emphasize too much on academical achievement.
I say, we need an education system that produce well rounded individuals, not an education system that produce students who could not think out of the box and incompetent to face the world when they leave school. What say you?
Cleffairy: I do not feel that expressing oneself through writing or imagination is a crime. Without people who bothers to write about what happened during a certain time, civilization certainly would not survive long enough to be known by the next generation. Civilizations and knowledge about ancient buildings would be buried in the sand if writings about it were not discovered.