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Education Is Everyone's Business ; Lets Do Something About It. (+ TEDxKL audition video )

As Socrates quoted " The of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new . " In our context, for education to be changed , what is needed is a paradigm shift, in which education needs to be "reimagined".

Currently my friends and I are working on setting up a website that acts like a "voice" to students , where we'll be collecting testimonials on experiences in education. As for former students, they can share what they learned outside school, but should be taught in school. If you have any good idea for the name of the website , feel free to share.

Here's the video from the TEDxKL audition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPPfL1fP0Sg&feature=youtu.be . I really appreciate if you could share the link to your friends on facebook, twitter etc. as it really means a lot to me.

If you wish to be in touch , you can follow me on twitterhttps://twitter.com/FaizulZuraimi or send me an email faizulzuraimi@gmail.com

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For updates , do follow my blog here : faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com

The message I'm trying to convey is that everyone has the choice to make a difference in education , and the least you can do is by sharing the video to your friends :) lets do something about our education!

UPDATE: I've created a facebook page. Share your experiences in education system here. And don't forget to tell your friends to like this page too! https://www.facebook.com/voicesofglobalstudents


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  • Jul 16 2013: To get education right we must first get ourselves right. And anything that starts with tinkering around with education until the nature of intellectual capacity growth, motivation and social development become the "horse which pulls the cart" of education instead of the cart being in front of the horse, we will remain on the wrong side of motivation by threat of consequence--the least effective yet still most pervasive modality. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity? No they don't. Authoritarianism does. Regimentation into classes ties the fates of potential super-achievers to the least ready and/or the poorest of educators. There should be no such thing as a "class room" because "class" fails to accommodate the true nature of intellectual capacity growth, it is "synchronous" when people are indeed plesiochronous, it stifles belief in the self as the objective of the learning, it squanders social development opportunity to facilitate each other, it's lack of social development sensitivity leads to ancient social defaults of bullying and ridicule, it fails to allow people to learn that there is something of worth and depth behind the shortfalls of appearance, if the subject matter is not contextualized into current events, the motivation is nothing at all but "do this or else" and suffer even worse if the teacher takes it personal that you don't worship their heroes. The educational establishment is so primitive there is no way to get these things righted without technology. Computers are not for "computing stuff", they are for creating the space to get these jobs done so that a new modernity is achieved. And that can only be done entrepreneurially until people demand the new way. It would be a "tower of Babble" if people just kept meeting to talk about reform. Idealism must guide the entrepreneur because an ideal can be judged to have been reached or not reached..
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      Jul 17 2013: I agree that authoritarianism kills creativity when we look things in terms of cause and effect. If we look at companies like google , zappos etc. , creativity strives as there's more autonomy for the employees and less "direct" control. It's a leadership that creates a climate of possibilities , not command & control.

      There are two types of work ; heuristic ( where thinking outside the box is required , an example would be advertisement a ) and algorithmic ( where you follow an established set instructions ). Since technology explosion, algorithmic tasks are increasingly either outsourced or automated, and there's where creativity becomes important , as important as literacy.

      Amongst the best solution would be changing the education , changing how people and the society think. In my opinion , it's one of the best areas to tackle this problem.
      • Jul 18 2013: You are exactly right my young friend. It is very hard for me to hold back my enthusiasm for what you said because invariably I attract skeptics like light attracts bugs which I talk about the ultimate potentials of achieving a fully realized new modality. And they always expect me to be able to condense a life time of deep concentration on changing which thoughts, using what modalities that will--indeed deliver the whole game in a 42-0 route. But the key to success is in nuance and "small ball"--we live in a homerun hitting utilitarian glory culture that walks way from a myriad of means to play "small ball" and will the game 1-0. But at the end of the season the 1-0 win means as much as the record-setting route with 10 homer runs in half an inning. (I hope you understand baseball) Because it doesn't matter at playoff time if you are one game out of first place. You don't make the play offs. It is that game you lost 1-0. or 35 to nothing. It doesn't matter. We have long needed--at least in the west anyway--words to counteract both authoritarianism and utilitarianism. It all comes down to these two. And what if there were just one word to cover the antithesis of both of these ancient and limiting related ways of assessing value and the means by which that value will be derived from the raw? Have I lost you? I hope not. If your with me you may be one the few whom have managed a detachment from the hegemony of authoritarianism and utilitarianism. I have coined a word--not to replace authoritarianism and utilitarianism which is the first impulse one feels went want to lead the world in a new direction. Is realization that supplanting these ancient orders with an antagonist opposite totality has been the mistake of radicals like communism, it is that a balancing offset has never been conventionalized and the goal must to be indeed find the words, the values and the orders so that all work in synergy and not one totality annihilating the other.
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          Jul 18 2013: I don't watch baseball , honestly I'm not sure if I understand but when you said "the key to success is in nuance and "small ball" " , what I had in mind is that little details , or small changes can make a difference in the long run. Like how you change your direction by a few degrees, as you progress further , you'll in a totally different destination. If I'm wrong , I hope you can clarify on what you said. :)

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