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I want Ideaventions

June 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Ya Allah, I want my kids to be in an environment where recyclables, cardboards, paper, plastics, metals, wood, nails, fabric, electronics bits and bobs, tools, sewing equipment, stationery are suitably organised for them to use, create and experiment with. And I want them to have mentors that will mould them into exceptional beings in your eyes, al-muqarrabuun, so they will succeed in this life and especially the next, ameen.

So, I’ve discovered Ideaventions, and have been awed by this coming together of professionals to create a stimulating environment for kids to explore in, I’m impressed and I want one here in Malaysia! Something similar anyway, I want one!

Categories: Education, Ramblings, Science

It’s called turkish delight!

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment


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A year has passed

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Well a year has passed since I took the elder one out of school. So what did we achieve? She managed to add one juz, alhamdulillah, less than what I’d like, but we also did the JAIS silibus (what a chore!), First Language Lessons, some Igniting Your Writing and Star Writer for English, Year 3 MEP Math, KBSR Bahasa Malaysia, KBSR sains, a sprinkle of Montessori Science/Culture and Math, and I mean a sprinkle since we were so bogged down by CURRICULUM!

What I’d like is to have my kids to wake up early as a habit, pray on time, fear Allah, have good akhlaq, treat each other nicely, look after their things and the house properly, good manners at the table, with other people, can express themselves well and speak out appropriately, stop asking questions without thinking, not talk so much (to hold back when arguing), do house chores consistently out of habit and responsibility and desire to help the family (ikhlas), recite the Quran melodiously with tajweed, memorise the Quran in 3-4 years and maintain it, exposed to everyday Arabic, good oratory skills in both Bahasa Malaysia and later in English.

Wishlist  for next year:

Classes: Arabic tutor to teach grammar, converse and check essays

Classes: Bahasa Malaysia teacher to coach on syarahan, pantun, debat, bercerita

Classes: Gymnastics then Martial Arts/Football

Classes: Malay and English writing for M

Classes: Science weekly (Signs lab/PSN)

Arabic playgroup

MCT Island Grammar

Rightstart Math A/B and transition/D lessons and worksheets 

Schiller Math set II

Gateway to Arabic

Jacob’s Geometry/Math books

Trips to learn more about botany and zoology: Rimba Ilmu, Taman Warisan, Taman Botani, UPM farm (milking etc.), UPM veterinary 

Trip: Visit a farm

Trip: Fossil hunting, visit a paleontologist

Trip: Visit a scientist, MARDI? 

Camping: get to know tropical trees, hari keluarga?

Trip: Hydroelectric dam

Trip: Power Station

Trip: Vitagen 

That’s about one trip/more per month, whew! Need to get the letters rolling!



Categories: Education, Ramblings

Science and the truth

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment

“I hadn’t been trained as a microbiologist, so I didn’t have this bias”
Carl Woese (

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my blabber on PPMSI

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

In reply to a post on PPMSI:

my opinion and observation, the underlying problem is not language per se but the education system itself. Exam oriented and learning by rote, no problem-solving, relying on the teacher rather than being allowed or encouraged to think for themselves, even at uni level, students still sit waiting to be spoon fed, and these are critical skills for math & science.

I site teaching assistants for example in the UK who can speak punjabi,urdu or whatever language even of immigrants, and we’re not even doing it for dayak, kadazan, let alone tamil, mandarin etc.

The most important thing is to make the students able to understand in whatever language, however the terms if not available in native language, of course use the English term, even put in a dash of common scientific terms and sentences in English, for easier transition at uni level. Having a good command of English should be done concurrently but not at the expense of producing good mathematicians /scientists.

I still disgress, understanding is key. So I get the OP, his pov, but I also get that most terms are borrowed, either from Arabic/Greek/Latin/English, whatever. Do whatever it takes in whatever language to produce top mathematicians and scientists. I’d rather the gov do research on how Field medallists and Noble prize winners are produced and actually having specialist technical and math schools and institutes as they do in France, Russia etc.

I think the gov should work a lot harder to train and attract enough teachers competent enough to teach math, science not only in BM or English, but also in all other languages that are spoken in Malaysia, just to get the message across. Look at Finland, teaching is a respectable, coveted career, and a Masters degree is required, producing passionate teachers. Schools are given autonomy to do whatever they think best, and curriculum is provided as a guideline, not to suffocate teachers but to give an idea of the level of instruction.

Whichever language is used BM or English, we’ll still not produce great scientists/mathematicians if the edu system remain as it is, in steady  or rather plummeting decline, and it is certainly not, in my opinion, primarily due to the  language of instruction. So why waste our time arguing about language when the main problem is incompetence, disarray, not doing proper research and learning from others before altering the education system to disrepair? I’d rather push for a group of parents, teachers, education specialists, neurologists, paediatricians to go around and research on how best to solve this problem. I beg to differ that even if families who don’t speak English as a first language vote for their children to be taught science and math in English, I still think it’s not in their childrens best interest. At best I’d say let them be taught mainly in their mother tongue with exposure to English terms. Let the experts collect a wealth of research I’m sure has already been done on language of instruction and please make the report avaible to the public and have the conclusions clear and a decision made. Whether it is the best decision or not, we’ll be rest assured that it was madewith knowledge and not by mere diving into the unknown.

And whatever the decision is, I’d like for a system to be reinstated that a mere politician, whether the Minister of Education, or even the Prime Minister cannot simply change the edu system without having  a suruhanjaya of independent experts in the field come up with sound, independent research. Come on, an Education Minister should have at least a PhD, all the better if it’s related to education or cognitive development or the likes. At least we have a doctor as the Health Minister, why not an Engineer for Public Works, an Economist/Financial Analyst as Finance Minister, Scientist as Agricultural Minister, won’t that be sublime and interesting to have eggheads rather than duds to head a country?

Categories: Education, Ramblings

How Real Women Discovered Their Dream Careers – OWN TV

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

How Real Women Discovered Their Dream Careers – OWN TV.

An inspiration, a cleaning lady to environmentalist, you go girl! or lady! :-p

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away..discovered evernote

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment


well, i may not spend so much time linking stuff to this blog, and just blog! check out evernote..and nevernote, i haven’t worked out which is better and safer yet.

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