Monday, October 22, 2012

Party of the Running Dogs

You know MCA is beating a dead horse when this year’s edition of the MCA general assembly had delegates openly demonstraing their subservience to UMNO as can be seen from the photo – "I love PM" banners accompanied by chants of "Ah Jib Kor (Brother Najib) boleh". Looks like Najib is comfortable in his role as the MCA mascot. I mean, what else is he good for? And these Chinese running dogs had sounded the death knell for their party when they displayed their “desperation”. MCA doesn’t mind at all that they are insulting and humiliating the Chinese because they would rather boast how slavish they are to UMNO. They have no shame lah!

My May 25, 2012 blogpost made a mention on the Outcome-Based Education workshop facilitated by USM’s Professor Ir. Dr. Hj. Md Azlin and Dr. Norazura Muhammad Bunnori. Well, the duo made a return visit to Sunway University on Friday and Saturday to provide more of the same for SUBS members. Some photos that were taken on Saturday:

OBE is a student-centered learning philosophy that is gaining traction. “Outcome-Based Education means clearly focusing and organizing everything in an educational system around what is essential for all students to be able to do successfully at the end of their learning experiences. This means starting with a clear picture of what is important for students to be able to do, then organizing the curriculum, instruction, and assessment to make sure this learning ultimately happens” (Spady, 1994:1). OBE is, therefore, an approach to planning, delivering and evaluating instruction that requires administrators, teachers and students to focus their attention and efforts on the desired results of education – results that are expressed in terms of individual student learning.

My impression is that we focus on student mastery of traditional subject-related academic outcomes (usually with a strong focus on subject-specific content) and some cross-discipline outcomes (such as the ability to solve problems or to work co-operatively). I would caution that this is not enough and that learning is not significant unless the outcomes reflect the complexities of real life and give prominence to the life-roles that learners will face after they have finished their formal education. It is this aspect that I don’t think many of us spend time thinking about – how to orient education to the future needs of students, and of society in general.

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