something interesting caught my attention today when i was in class..we were reading an article on reformations in education systems which took place in many Asian countries..and so we looked at some of the obstacles leading to failure in the specific reformations..one of the reasons why reformations failed to achieve the expected result was:
asian culture valued the norm of showing respect to the authority by accepting the status quo with no questions asked..it was even disrespectful for the people to question the authority..
let’s look at our very own education reform..when we tried to move from teacher directed-learning, rigid national curriculum and highly centralised administrative structures to SMART school programs..we were not successful weren’t we..?well, there were politics involved (changed of ruler etc) but if we were critical enough, SMART school could’ve been successful weren’t it..?
we were still not critical because reforms were taken at face value – there were no follow ups and follow through..and teachers couldn’t make sense of the reforms..
can we afford not being critical still..?
so yeah, i’m taking FEDU 101..hello critical thinking and critical actions..