EDUCATION: Best we look at world-class curricula

Email Print 11 September 2012 | last updated at 07:43AM

By K. Raj, Kuala Lumpur | letters@nstp.com.my 0 comments

I REFER to the column by A. Jalil Hamid about the Education blueprint “Education overhaul to put Malaysia among top ranks” (NST, Sept 9).
No doubt it is important to get feedback from the public but I think feedback from 10 intellectuals is better than feedback from 10,000 ordinary persons.
No doubt, too, that these consultations with the public will cost us money. Such studies have already been conducted elsewhere and it would have been more prudent to just follow the successful programmes implemented in these nations than reinventing the wheel.
There are many world-class curricula that have proven successful in producing intelligent citizens. The American, German and Japanese school curricula have successfully nurtured students to become successful entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, etc.
Why can’t we just implement these curricula rather than try something which risks failure?
Why not just follow the curriculum of international schools, which are already on our shores?
Well, if you say we need to customise it to our local environment, we can still do that. But we need to be careful that we don’t spoil the core of these curricula while customising them. It is still better than starting from scratch.

Read more: EDUCATION: Best we look at world-class curricula – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-best-we-look-at-world-class-curricula-1.142083#ixzz268G5Qs6N

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