History, Moral Studies vital

Sunday July 8, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/7/8/education/11590449&sec=education

I REFER to the letter 
Give science students a break
 (StarEducate, July 1) and agree to a certain extent with the views expressed.

The points raised by the concerned parent on History and Moral Studies are on the minds of many students.

As science students, we tend to think that History is an irrelevant subject. But educators would argue that knowledge of our national history and the founding events of other countries is beneficial for the next generation to maintain the stability of Malaysia.

With today’s high crime rate and lack of civic consciousness, Moral Studies has become a subject more relevant than ever although many students, including me, dislike it.

It is important to instil good moral values in students, but the teaching of the subject should be updated and restructured to allow for a better delivery of the values instead of merely requiring that they be memorised.

As a science student, I agree that in order to master science and technology a full comprehension of the concepts and principles is required.

However, it is a known fact that many of us can ace most subjects in school or even in university by merely regurgitating words memorised from reference books, rather than by applying concepts, due to the way the examination questions are set.

Currently, many schools use interactive graphics to teach science subjects. But a more interactive approach, involving school trips to science centres and forest reserves, scientific competitions, visits to research institutes and university science seminars, should be adopted to ensure a better appreciation of the subject.

Perhaps the Education Ministry can help fund this interactive approach to education as most schools would probably lack the funds to organise such activities.

A similar approach can also be employed for boring subjects like History.

UNIVERSITY STUDENT