Correct and Wrong

Link: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/09/26/your-letters-homework-kills-creativity.html

Basically, in Indonesia, a teacher marked a student wrong because he used the wrong method to answer a question, even though the final answer was correct. It was a homework on multiplication, and instead of 6X4=24, the student did 4+4+4+4+4+4=24. This incurred a huge debate, and also revealed about the rigidness of the education system.

Quoted from the article,

Our schools praise academic achievements more than creativity, despite the fact that 1,500 of the world’s top CEOs who participated in a 2010 IBM survey believed that creativity is the number one factor to being successful in today’s world. Google’s senior vice president, Laszlo Bock, was quoted as saying, “GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring and test scores are worthless. We found that they don’t predict anything.”

In summary, many education systems around the world do not reflect what many societies think. Creativity may be the number one factor to success, but apparently, education systems are trying to stifle creativity instead. So, are education systems truly ‘educating’ us?

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Direction of Blog

I have decided on the direction I would like to take for this blog.

As much as I would love to delve into my personal life, I want it to be meaningful as well. So I guess, I want to continue what I had been doing from around June to July, which was posting about news articles that I had found interesting or worth commenting on. Blogs are about opinions and I think doing these kind of posts actually organises my thoughts and allows me to consolidate into an argument. I am not going to write an essay in every single post, but I really want to express my points and deliver a message. Also, this ‘responsibility’ to post on news, will benefit me in the long run, with an increased knowledge on current affairs.

 

Goals:

  • Beef up vocabulary, especially knowing more synonyms which I can use interchangeably
  • Clear, brief points / short and sweet sentences that deliver the message straight to the point
  • Literary devices: repetition to emphasize, imagery (something that need to do more often)
  • EXAMPLES. EVIDENCES. RESEARCH. STATISTICS. QUOTES. NEED TO DO MORE.
  • Link to my society or my experiences/surroundings
  • Incorporating uplifting aspects among my opinions

 

Overall, I don’t give a hoot about who my blog influences, but I care how my blog affects and improves me, as a person. I don’t know but I think that starting this blog and my anime blog, have been one of the best decisions I have made so far in my life. (Joining SMP would be another one.) It takes a lot of time and effort to maintain a blog, at pretty much the expense of social interaction, but again, everything has its pros and cons :3

So all in all, there would be four categories for my posts. “News Articles”, “Societal Concerns”(which includes motivational speeches), “Random Stuff”(personal activities) and “Food Heaven”(that sounds so lame ohmygosh><) because I often go out and eat with my family. Or to phrase it in a more accurate way, my family often brings me along to dinners outside.

And it’s not that I want to ace GP in SH or anything. It’s just that it would be useful for me in GP and E-Lit ((if I were to take E-Lit)) and it would improve my writing style. I think that literary arts is really very magical and I would like to explore it. I could take ELL in SH also haha but on second thought, I rather take E-lit, because it’s more fun to me. I guess my blog will be GP + ELL haha don’t know~ but the first step would be to try writing complete sentences bah. without singlish lah I hope. and just some details, my motivation for all of this, would be Creative Portfolio (which I have yet to get back) and writing fan-fiction (which I have attempted before haha).

And it’s amusing how I am writing all these 2 days before EOY begins. I am really addicted to blogging and it sounds weird, but I absolutely love blogging, especially on anime and writing about social concerns I am concerned about. That is why I literally blog almost every single day, on either Tyrium Veniles, or Zyrogate Faine. Btw, the names are absolutely random. I just like thinking of words that almost no one has used before. Okay, time to focus on LA. Btw, I have the shittiest time management in the entire world. Just saying. I literally just stone in bed sometimes, for no particular reason.

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A Different Lifestyle

 

What do you do after school?

homework               OR                  drawing

 

This could possibly be untrue, but from everything I have came across, it has painted a picture in my mind, that Western education systems tend to have a lower quantity of homework and exams, or in another sense, assignments and tests tend to carry a smaller significance in Western students’ lifestyles.

Of course, this lower volume of knowledge could be the reason why Asians tend to have a higher textbook-based intelligence, as compared to Westerners. After all, Asian universities are climbing up the board at a rapid pace. Based on the QS World University Rankings, the National University of Singapore is currently in 24th position, while the University of Hong Kong and University of Tokyo are in 26th and 32th place respectively.

But if we were to look from a different perspective, 40 out of the top 50 universities, are Western. How is this possible when they have a seemingly less stressful education system as compared to their Asian counterparts?

Well, if we were to stop and ponder, maybe the key to success does not lie in memorising an entire textbook-worth of knowledge? Maybe the way to succeed does not lie in the regurgitation of content?

There is definitely no right or wrong education system. But there definitely are pros and cons, strengths and flaws, advantages and drawbacks.

When there is lesser homework, more time could be utilised on non-academic aspects. Although in my society, we participate in Co-Curriculum Activities (CCA), huge heaps of homework are dumped on us everyday, with a requirement to be submitted in a short span of time. This forces us to juggle between the responsibilities of a student and the roles of a CCA member, often leaving us inadequate time to explore other aspects outside of this restricted boundary. In my impression of a Western society, students possess a greater freedom to progress in certain non-academic skills, such as drawing or writing stories. As much as these skills could be found in Asian societies, they are usually very confined. Even if one is in a CCA, let’s say Art Club, one would more or less, have to adhere to a certain set of rules and instructions, resulting in an inability to do what one wants. Thus, Western students tend to be more able to pursue non-academic aspects, as they have a greater amount of free time.

The type of education system also determines our talents and future careers. With a greater focus towards academic areas, students are more likely to identify their talents with regard to academic subjects. For example, classmates would be more inclined to recognise each other by the subjects they specialise in. “She is good in Chemistry.” or “He excels in English.”, these are some of the characteristics synonymous with an Asian individual. However, strengths such as “He has a knack for drawing.” or “Her singing is so beautiful.” are more common in Western societies. This is because Western students have the time ability to locate their talents in non-academic areas, which leads to a smaller importance of their academic grades. In a crude way of saying it, grades tend to define Asians, whereas Westerners are demarcated by their individual non-academic talents. This also impacts on the demography of careers in the respective society. For Asian countries, there would tend to be a higher concentration of systematic and knowledge-oriented jobs, like Science and Technology, Research and Development, etc. On the other hand, there would be a wider variety of jobs with a higher percentage in Western societies, some examples would include visual arts, performing arts and literary arts. In my opinion, Western countries would have a more well-balanced workforce. Hence, our aspirations tend to follow the type of education system we are in.

Last but not least, compulsory tasks produce followers, not leaders. Issuing of homework, setting a deadline, designating of tasks… These rigid and obligatory instructions may make students develop textbook-based intelligence, but ultimately, it may cause students to lose their own ideology, lose their own way of thinking. They are compelled to do whatever they are told to do, and it results in them mindlessly working, without having a say in what they really want to do. In contrast, Western students would have their own mindset and a greater ability to lead the lifestyle they want to.

All in all, no type of education system is perfect. Even though I may have a slight inclination to envy the Western way of teaching, Asian form of education has its benefits as well.

As the saying goes,

“The grass on the other side is always greener.”

We often look at other things that we do not possess in general, through rose-coloured glasses. But once we experience or gain them, we develop regrets and envy the time when we did not have them. Plus, no one can truly conclude what is good and bad, without having seen both sides of the coin. These are after all, just my opinions. I definitely do dream of being a Western student, being able to watch anime quite regularly and being able to blog a lot, roaming about through websites and interacting with fellow anime lovers of the Internet. But that can only be a fantasy because it is impossible to achieve this in the academic-oriented society I live in. I can only possibly do about half as much as I want to. But nonetheless, we should focus on reality, and not try to escape it, because denying the fact in front of your eyes will only lead to dissatisfaction. Even in an Asian society, despite the massive streams of assignments, we can still maintain our own set of thinking, and understanding that whatever it is, do not let the education system control us. Know what you want, and do what you want. Only then will you not regret this one life that had been bestowed upon us.

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UpDaTeS

Direction of Blog

I have no idea what I want to do with my blog now. I’ve realised the past few weeks that my posts are getting really insignificant. Plus the fact that EOYs are around the corner, I might be blogging less bah. After I started my anime blog, it outshined my personal blog so much that I am much more interested to focus on anime haha xD I’ll rethink about what to do about my blog after EOYs bah

 

Academic Progress

My grades are relatively good. Erm, I guess I’ve started quite a lot of revision on Maths but it’s so stupid considering that Math is my better subject and I’ve got other subjects that I really need to focus more on. There’s like so much homework for Chinese and Geog… I WANNA DIEEE. Geog is acceptable but Chinese is like a reoccurring headache. I know I just have to survive for 2 more months but T>T this is really torturous

 

BOOKS

THE REVENGE OF SEVEN [I AM NO.4 SERIES] out already

THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS [percy Jackson] 7th October freaking EOY period

THE MAZE RUNNER (movie now in cinemas GO WATCH ITS EPIC IMO)

a lot of other books that I don’t bother reading because anime has taken over my interest in books im so sorry I apologise to my parents, my teachers and society for I have become corrupted and have fell to depths of Hell and can never return to Heaven, I am a fallen angel, no I don’t like angels, how about I am a fallen red panda, that sounds nice. I hope. I DONT CARE IT SOUNDS NICE IF YOU DONT LIKE IT, GO KNOCK YOUR HEAD ON THE WALL OR SMTH AND BE GUILTY

 

Yesterday

If I were to plot my emotion levels on a graph, it would look smth like this:

birthday chart

Q1: Explain the anomaly. [3 marks]
Ans: Its not that I feel happy that my birthday is over haha. And no worries, it’s not because of a crush. It’s more like a clarification of a misunderstanding on my part.

Q2: Explain the emotion levels from 6am to 6pm (90-270 degrees). [4 marks]
Ans: It’s not that I felt extremely sad. But more like, it was a different form of happiness. The parts above the x-axis are because I feel warm inside from the birthday wishes. The parts below the x-axis are because I was watching movie/anime and like entertainment lah.

Q3: Explain the fluctuations of your emotions (why dy/dx changes so much). [7 marks]
Ans: WHY CAN’T I HAVE MOOD SWINGS HUH THIS QUESTION IS STUPID T>T

Yay, so based on my answers, I got full marks for this test! IM SO SMART :333 this is evidence that I should be transferred to the 6th floor lor XD HAHA mdm loh, why am I still stuck at 5th floor when my intelligence belongs to the floor above T>T haha just jk

Anyways, I also realised that if you don’t wish people happy birthday when its their bd, then why are you expecting them to wish you happy birthday? then I realised it goes the other way as well. if they don’t wish you happy bd, why should you wish them happy bd? so in a nutshell, everyone should wish everyone happy birthday! but wait, then this may dilute the specialness of each birthday wishes… WHAT DO I DO, SOMEONE HELP

Haha overall, I really enjoyed my birthday :3 my baka cousin DID NOT FINISH HER DRAWING FOR ME 😡 welp I really hope she completes it tmr or someday idk I REALLY WANNA SEE IT, SHE SAYS ITS HINATA AND KAGEYAMA ❤ and try not to go to restaurants for your BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER because that’s what I did and my wallet’s as hollow as my brain is.

omg SHUT UP IM ALWAYS RAMBLING ON AND ON >< BYE

((lol the mood swings are strong in this one)) SHUT UP ME

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