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Revamping Malaysia’s education system: Should our schools be boring?

Let’s begin by stating the obvious: schools must be fun, and schools must be lively and dynamic. Heaven forbid that schools should become boring. This is because we believe boring schools means inefficient use of school time and resources and that learning has failed. We believe boredom is bad because it brings mental stagnation, and…

Malaysia’s education system: Waiting for Superman

“One of the saddest days of my life was when my mother told me Superman did not exist.” She said, “Superman is not real.” I was, like, β€œHe’s not? What do you mean he’s not?” “No, he’s not real.” And she thought I was crying because it’s like Santa Claus is not real. And I…

Sesame Street Live in Malaysia: Unfortunately unnoticed

Sesame Street recently came to Malaysia for a three-day live performance (3-5 Sept. 2010) at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. My family and I went for the Saturday night show (4 Sept, 8:30 pm), and I was surprised by the rather tepid turnout. The stadium was only about one-quarter filled, with the biggest crowd,…

Why only one child? RM1.1 million to raise a child in Malaysia

Updated (Aug 18, 2013): This article was used as a source of reference by New Sunday Times for their cover story, “Too expensive to have children”, pg. 12-13. I was also interviewed by the NST journalist, Tan Choe Choe. Updated (May 7, 2011): Local radio station, BFM 89.9, carried a podcast story about this blog…

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