Re: Teaching of Science and Mathematics in BM year 2012
hey youngyew, it is definitely a nice excerpt for us to read and reflect on. So, as we talk about this, it will go from a single PPSMI policy to the whole education reform. =)
I have a similar experience throughout my schooling years, from primary up to pre-u in my college. What the public, teachers, lecturers, parents look on, is just the amount of A on a piece of paper. Number of A is the only indicator for a student's performance in most people minds.
Talking about science, we are seldom being taught to find out something, or to explore the unknowns and bring up any questions we face in daily lives or scientific magazines. What we are taught is to follow the mark schemes. Any answers differerent from the schemes will be taken as wrong answers. During form 4 and 5, I remembered doing the PEKA assessment, while we ought to do a real experiment and record our results accordingly, we were taught otherwise. We actually copied the whole report, from hypothesis to conclusion from seniors' works.
All the while, we are being instructed to memorize and regurgitate it during exams.
However, I have a different lesson from my physics lecturer in college. He knew that most of the guys are active and keen on doing workouts in our college gym after classes, so he told us about F=ma.
If we are to focus on the strength, we need to add up the acceleration, which means lifting the dumbell at a greater speed.
If we are to focus on the size, we shall reduce the acceleration and pause more.
I think this is interesting and I also read this before on some workouts books.
And, from here, we move on to Newton's Second Motion Law.
But anyhow, I doubt the students will be ever taught to think scientifically. They will always be told to memorize certain scientific terms or principles because they will be asked in exams. They will always be asked to memorize the pattern of certain graphs and the results of certain experiments because these are the answers on mark schemes.
1Black Education. But, I do believe that many students out there realise there's something wrong with our education system. So, where there's hope, there's will; where there's will, there's a way. =)
People tend to overlook the small things in life.