Merdeka; The Deeper Thoughts

Dearest lovely hardworking mommies ^_^

Due to my super hectic daily schedules, I unable to update this blog unlike the beginning of our beloved family’s homeschool journey.

Thus, I would love to share this remarkable article made by honorable & brilliant Sir Prof Dr Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi, earlier this week via TheStar. Attached below are his full articles.

My precious husband told and discussed with me last 16 years ago about all of these before we started our homeschool’s method selections.

Thank you so much Sir Prof for your excellent write up regarding these sensitive issues; you’re truly unsung nation hero of academician world. Hat’s off! ^-^

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MALAYSIA, with her 39 ethnic groups, is a fragmented society. We live as strangers among ourselves, with the Semenanjung people not knowing and generally not caring to know our brethren in Sabah and Sarawak and vice versa.

Who is the culprit of this social engineering feat? It’s none other than our education system at all levels – primary, secondary and tertiary.

Firstly, we treat education in a “scientific way” by deconstructing a subject into little pieces. Thus, society as a subject is deconstructed into history, geography, science, morality, religion and arts.

We study things in pieces, and after 11 to 13 years of the first level of schooling, we forget or don’t know what the whole thing was about in the first place! Was there even one to begin with?

After that, we merrily go off to college or university to learn the deconstructed fields of Engineering, Architecture, Medicine, Law and a thousand other elemental forms of career and job-oriented stuff.

Thus, arts and architecture students do not know much about engineering and engineers wonder why we even have arts and architecture in the first place!

I have always wondered why we don’t study the history, culture and religion of all the ethnic groups in our country.

Why are we stuck on and obsessed with one particular group?

Wouldn’t we be enriched and brought closer together as a nation if we knew how everyone’s history, beliefs and lifestyle contributes to our wholeness of being Malaysian?

Why must so much time be devoted to political parties, independence and some age-old archaeological diggings?

History, I read somewhere, is about the present, not the past.

It is the present concerns that define what we need of the past. If we were to document everything in the past, the whole Internet cloud storage system would go bust.

History is a limited window of the past to fit a present need for some specific thing. There is no history without the “present and immediate agenda”.

Therefore, I would like to recommend that we immediately restructure our study of history to address a badly-needed present agenda – getting to know one another!

Focus more on studying how our different communities live, pray, socialise and play. Now, wouldn’t that be a game changer?

In addition, make the narrative of our history show that all the different races contribute together towards our present success or failure stories. Our success is our doing and our failures are our faults.

Next is Geography, a subject I found to be the most boring on earth when I was in school. Let’s focus on the people who are involved in economic activities instead of how many tonnes of rubber and oil palm we produce, how much ports earn or what plants are suitable for cultivation on our soil.

Let’s focus on who the communities working in the padi fields or manning the shops are. Who cares how much Proton earned annually during its heyday? I want to know how mamak restaurants, apam balik stalls and Foodpanda riders drive the economy while the petroleum and palm oil prices crash.

We don’t put images of people to the products and services. Everything is about numbers, tonnage and ringgit only.

Do rubber and oil palm plantations destroy or complement the environment? How do the Orang Asli prosper with their sustainable ways of living? Our students are not taught these things.

That’s why I say that we study in elemental pieces, gleaning bits of information here and there with no overall structure to provide meaning on our people and environment.

I suggest that we reduce the numbers and statistics and put people’s faces to the economic activities instead. And try to interest young minds towards the agro-based industry rather than flying cars.

What about science subjects? Well, we study too much about invisible molecules and not enough on our traditional sustainable crops and how to make them produce better yields.

Again, science is isolated from the beauty of the world and the magic or miracle of nature.

We learn about photosynthesis, green leaves and chlorophyll but do not appreciate the trees and the sun as miracles of creation, giving life, shade and backdrops for romantic meetings as depicted in old Malay songs.

We forget to romanticise the life-giving forces of science and only study it as a by-product of scientific laboratory deconstruction.

What about the arts? Well, if you are not clever, you go to the arts stream; it’s as simple as that! We do not teach that human beings express their humanity in poetry, painting, architecture, food, dance forms and many others.

To us, the arts is simply not science. Medicine used to be called “The Art of Medicine” and not “The Science”.

The arts represents a higher order of thinking and shows off the different cultures of the people in this country.

On moral and religious studies, simply put, we teach one group of students about a single way to look at one value system and we teach another group another value system. And then we tell them not to mix the two, otherwise they would be confused about what “being good” is all about.

The way I see it, our “wonderful” education system is deconstructing our society into its 39 suspicious and mistrusting groups of citizens.

Happy Merdeka, Malaysia!

Prof Dr Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi is Professor of Architecture at UCSI University. The views expressed here are entirely the writer’s own.

05. September 2020 by MamaFiza
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Homeschool Room 2020 (Groundwork)

Masihkan bonda-bonda rupawan; teman yang dikasihi masih mengingati catatan perkongsian terdahulu berkenaan “Cara Membina Sudut Homeschool @ Ruang Belajar di Rumah“? ^-^

Alhamdulillah, suami yang amat saya kagumi telah bersusah-payah sekali lagi bagi merealisasikan impian zaman kecil saya iaitu untuk membina perpustakaan mini keluarga kami agar dapat dimanfaatkan oleh anak-anak kesayangan kami pada sesi 2020 yang bakal menjelma tidak lama lagi supaya proses rujukan silibus dapat berjalan lancar. Insya-Allah.

Selama 3 bulan projek ini dirancang oleh pihak suami berdasarkan rancangan peruntukan belanja yang terhad dan akhirnya dapat siap sepenuhnya pada akhir minggu ini, Masya-Allah. Alhamdulillah *tangisan kesyukuran & kegembiraan* >O<

Semoga pembinaan perpustakaan mini ini sedikit sebanyak dapat saya berkongsi idea dekorasi untuk rumah Cik/Cik Puan yang disegani, Amin~ ^_^

Mari kita mulakan, Bismillah~ :

Saiz rak buku besi ini dari lantai ke siling rumah; 9 kaki x 10 kaki lebar 😀
Gambar rak buku perpustakaan mini yang telah disusun buku mengikut genre masing-masing ^O^
Pandangan dari sisi dan sudut berbeza bagi rak buku besi yang telah dipenuhi dengan koleksi buku anak-anak kami sejak 15 tahun dahulu hingga kini, Alhamdulillah >_<
Rona hijau segar dari tumbuhan diletakkan bagi menaikkan seri ruang perpustakaan mini keluarga disamping manfaat pengudaraan yang lebih baik bagi seisi keluarga ^-^
Idea pertama: Boleh dimuatkan dengan sofa bersaiz lebar bagi bacaan santai dan perbincangan bersama ahli kelab buku keluarga ^_-
Idea kedua: Boleh menempatkan meja belajar atau meja musyawarah bagi menjalankan aktiviti ekperimen sains mahupun sesi pembelajaran subjek lain dan ruang rehat bacaan dengan sofa ringkas ^____^
Matlamat utama adalah bagi meneruskan sokongan jitu kepada anakanda tersayang agar menanam dalam diri untuk tekad mencintai ilmu dan jihad dalam dunia pendidikan secara holistik, Insya-Allah ^w^
Alhamdulillah, selesai semuanya ^-^ Boleh mula ulangkaji @ menelaah 😉

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Bagi teman jelitawan yang berminat untuk mendapatkan khidmat tempahan khas rak buku perpustakaan mini di rumah ini (custom made), boleh dapatkan bersama pihak HM Publication milik majikan kehormat saya (HappyMindz Studio) >_< Insya-Allah, ada pelbagai saiz dan pakej disediakan.

Ayuh, mari kita usahakan yang terbaik dan teristimewa khas buat anakanda kesayangan kita! 😀

p/s: Jumpa teman ayu nanti di sesi seterusnya “Homeschool Talks” sempena cuti persekolahan Disember 2019 untuk persediaan jadual sesi silibus pembelajaran 2020, ya 😉 Masih ada beberapa slot kosong untuk tempahan segera pada hari ini. Mohon tempah dengan mengisi borang; klik DI SINI; ^____^  Terima kasih rakan dan taulan yang dimuliakan.

08. December 2019 by MamaFiza
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We’re in Harian Metro for the 10th times, TODAY :)

Good blissful day sweet mommies 😀

Again, yet another fast update for today, we’ve been featured in Harian Metro newspaper *Alhamdulillah*

Lots of precious eternal love, hugs and kisses to my dearest husband; you’re the true gentleman >_<

To my beloved munchkins; KiruaMi-cHan, ReiHi-cHan, YunaFi-cHan and HidE-cHan; I owe you big time and forever in debt for your extra generosity! Thank you.

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Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah; 2 articles within a week! >O<

Click here to read e-version!

We’re in Harian Metro for the 10th times, TODAY ^____^

Ding ding ding . . . special alert message ^-^

Now, I truly busy today and didn’t manage to get the real copy of the newspaper T___T

Luckily, my dear wonderful & helpful journalist pal will kindly help me to get those copies and paste it here soon. Million thanks gorgeous lady Miss Siti Zarinah! You’re the ultimate saviour!

Thus, see ya caring mommies later with full updates 😉

Toodles!

“Always do what you are afraid to do” ~ Sir Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Pick the day, enjoy it to the hilt; homeschooling is ROCK! ^___^

04. December 2019 by MamaFiza
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We’re in Harian Metro for the 9th times, TODAY :)

Good blessed night marvelous mommies 😀

Another swift update for today, we’ve been featured in Harian Metro newspaper, today *Alhamdulillah*

Gazillions of love, hugs and kisses to my dearest husband; you’re the main pillar that holds my life >_<

To my wonderful kiddies; KiruaMi-cHan, ReiHi-cHan, YunaFi-cHan and HidE-cHan; you’re the reason I’m in love and on fire. Thank you for your endless trust and support to your dear mom.

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Masya-Allah, thank you so much! ^-^

Click here to read e-version!

We’re in Harian Metro for the 9th times, TODAY ^____^

Need to rush, off to shop to get some copies. See ya beauties later with full updates 😉

Ja ne!

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Lots of thanks to amazing lady boss; dearest Madame Sophie J, through it all; the good, the bad, the ups and the downs, thank you for always being there. It has been a long and difficult journey, but I knew we could always count on you, super boss! [HappyMindz’s Studio]

Ta-daa >O<

p/s: Million thanks to Harian Metro; remarkable & talented lady journalist: Miss Siti Zarinah for your great support and tons of patience, you’re the true gem to all of us! You’re so special, Miss Siti  ^_- Plus, thank you so much to respectable Sir Zulfadhli Zulkifli *heavy tears*

Last but not least; Thank you for everything gorgeous mommies for your endless care, may Almighty God always blessed your family! *triple cuddles*  ^w^  YES, this is for you (Yes, YOU) who is reading this right now.

“Be spontaneous. And courageous. And brave enough to choose and live the life you want. The journey is going to be messy and sometimes confusing but I promise that it’s also going to be beautiful and rewarding.” ~ Miss F.e. Marie

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Stay afloat, homeschooling is ROCK! Gambatte ne~

02. December 2019 by MamaFiza
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