Archive for: Education

The problems with boarding schools

Some people believe that the biggest problem with boarding schools is that students are typically spoon-fed with the materials they need for acing exams. In doing so, they lose the chance to develop the capacity for self-education and never fully learn how to learn — perhaps the most critical skills of all. Throughout my formal […]

Get a pet project

When I was in college doing my International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, I used to complain a lot about how so diversified the topics of study are, so much so that it’s difficult to really be good at any one of them. More is not always better I would start my day with a Mathematics class, […]

Reading for effect

To a certain extent I believe it wouldn’t be incorrect to say that reading is just not in our culture. We don’t buy and read books like, say, we watch TV. Having said that, it does seem to me that reading is gaining popularity among teenagers, albeit slowly. But then again, maybe it’s just me. […]

“But I don’t know any Chinese”

A few days ago I went to visit my former teachers in Sri KDU, and had a good chat with Mr Masukor. At one point in the middle of an interesting talk regarding boarding school, he told me that one of his student told him that she has never known any Chinese friends before. Then […]

We can debate better

During secondary school, debate competitions were not really my favourite. Even though I did join quite a number of them including representing my school once, I never really liked them. Yes, they’re mostly entertaining especially to the audience as we get to watch lots of verbal attacks and counter-attacks between any two debating teams. Some […]

Critical Thinking

Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money […]

Our country has a learned society. What next?

Just ten years ago, everybody aspires to be a University student, every parent will be damn proud if their kids got into any university, even more proud if it’s an overseas university. Ten years ago, people regard university graduates highly, and they can find and secure jobs fairly easily. Ten years ago, university is the […]

Shoot ‘em ghosts!

In the previous post I talked about Academic Earth and the free availability of video lectures from many of the world’s top scholars from the likes of Harvard, Yale, Princeton and so on. And I also did mention that I am actually taking the Computer Science 50 course from Harvard through these online video lectures. […]

Academic Earth

You don’t need to go to Harvard, or Stanford, to learn from the world’s best universities. Thanks to the internet, you can do exactly that in the comfort of your own home. Around 2007, prestigious universities like Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT and Princeton started to make video recordings of a few complete series of lectures […]

Giving a gift of education

Many people do a little good and make a big fuss about it. Many people talk and preach to other people to do good, but he himself never does anything beneficial or contribute to the society. But there are some people who do a lot of good and bring a lot of benefits to the […]

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