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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 . 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 twitter or send me an email

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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!

  • Jul 18 2013: Hey Faizul,

    I agree with you; education is everyone's business.

    With that in mind, I'd like to zone in on students ourselves, we should see education as our business as well. For those of us who are not in a position to change the system, 'what can we students do to get more out of the current one?' I believe there are ways we can grow our creativity and knowledge, be it joining extra curricular activities or even by just watching TED talks.

    I've started a movement similar to the one you have in mind, it's called 'The Pencil Box' ( It's a movement by students, for students, to get them to rethink education and how they can get more out of it. If you feel it would be useful to your network of student friends, do share it with them.

    I'll be interested to hear more about your project as well.

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      Jul 18 2013: Hi Esther,

      I've just replied your email , thanks for sending me it :) Hope I can work with you in the future.
  • Jul 22 2013: Sorry, I ran on in the mouth a bit about how hard I've worked for so long and then find most people expect me to impart my discoveries in a sentence. And if they don't understand it, I'm the one with the shortfall. That's just how western society is primitive in some ways.. There are a very few models of thought and action we take for granted but in actuality you can get know then so well and make such a nuanced change that if you then reflect that insight in everything you do, (if it's good and true) you will be a success and a good influence on everyone you interact with (assuming they are not nuts). Intother words to win you don't have to scre a thousand points if the other gy scores none. Just be sure yours is comprehnsi
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    Jul 16 2013: "Education Is Everyone's Business"

    ^ Fuck. Yes.
  • Aug 3 2013:

    They did something like that in Jacksonville. The purpose was to engage everyone of the community in conversation around educational reform in the county. Duval County is HUGE.
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    Jul 29 2013: The current education system doesn't work. We both know that. However, have you considered any of the old education systems, instead of limiting yourself to it having to be a new education system? Perhaps the education system doesn't need to be "re-imagined", so much as it needs to be "remembered"? After all, you can shift a paradigm any way you want, not merely from old to new. I'm sure that just as technology is offering new ways to educate, there are old ways of learning that are falling out of use, but were still working very well.

    What made me think of this was your quote from Socrates. He was the single best teacher in the history of the world. That's my opinion, but it's shared with a great many others, including other ancient philosophers like Plato and his modern day biographers like Paul Johnson. He employed, as you may well know, the Socratic method. I've found the method useful in coming to a reliable understanding of the world around me, particularly in the absence of a reliable education system to help me do so. This particular section of the Wikipedia article on the Socratic Method deals directly with using it in the education system and would probably be a good jumping off place for more internet searches on the subject:

    Read some of Plato's dialogues to see the Socratic Method in action and you will be amazed. I bet there are other forms of older education systems that might have elements you want to adapt to the new education you are proposing. Hope this was useful, but it's alright if it wasn't. Best of luck.
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      Aug 1 2013: Good point there . . Yes I have . Which is 1 of the reasons why I quoted the origin word of education , which is educe " to draw from within" . The problem is that the education system has deviated it's purpose with it being modelled for the period of Industrialisation.

      I haven't done much reading on the Socratic method , it sounds very interesting and useful. Thanks for pointing it out :)
  • Jul 19 2013: Hey everyone,

    I ran across this TED video and he sums up this topic well!
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      Jul 20 2013: thanks for sharing . i appreciate that :)
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    Jul 18 2013: hi guys , please like the facebook page i've just created here
  • 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. :)
  • Jul 16 2013: I suddenly remember a saying:if you want to change the world,change yourself at first,if you want to educate others,educate yourself ahead.
    Yesterday I read a story which was about a german guy who came to be a volunteer all over the world,at last he settles down to China countryside to teach kids at primary school.He said:education seems have accomplished in germany already but China just starts...I was shocked by his words.He is really so great to make his dream in China education...I was so touched by him as well as his trial in China's education:his teaching pedagogy is similiar with Jean-Jacques Rousseau's:education in nature.not machine,not intention to achieve what purpose,just let children growing naturally.
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      Jul 16 2013: I couldn't agree more. Apparently our education system , quoting Sir Ken Robinson , "was conceived , and constructed during the Industrial Revolution. It was arbitrary and human construct to meet the demands of industrialisation.

      Education should teach the people to be mindful , "it is not the filling of vessel , but the kindling of flame" as Socrates said. Fortunately there has been an increase in consensus that it needs to be changed, but we need to play our part to increase the pace because the world is changing fast and education needs to catch up.
  • Jul 15 2013: Have you looked at the site ratemyteacher?
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      Jul 15 2013: Just checked the website since you mentioned it .it's only available in the usa and sounds like a cool website that gives feedbacks to teachers . So what do you have in mind?
      • Jul 15 2013: think we need one for each country so that students, parents and possibly other teachers can rate themselves and improve.

        There is also one for rating prof and universities.

        We should also force the admin to review the rating sites and use it in the annual reviews of teachers which becomes part of their personal file.
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          Jul 16 2013: One thing for sure , be it in any form , we need an effective feedback system that can be a good reference for improvement