Monday, May 16, 2011

Result-ism

In Malaysia, more specifically, the Chinese society, kids are expected to excel. That is a common fact. But in Primary schools, more specifically, SJK(C)'s, we see teachers pushing the good students forward and upward, and the not-so-good students fight to maintain their standards. Is it me or do I see result-ism?

Result-ism is like only those who are good, or as the Chinese say, 'easy to teach' students are being "fully developed"; those so called averages are left to fend for themselves. I am not implying teachers did not do their job, I am implying that because it's hard, teachers choose not to put too much of an effort in teaching the averages. Heck, even I complain sometimes! (being a subs teacher and all)

Let's take a look, it's the society's doing. It's changing. We are now not satisfied with GOOD results. We want GREAT results. We are not satisfied in excelling in A PARTICULAR FIELD. We want ALL ROUNDED students. As a result, students are sent to piano, ballet, Kumons, Ericans, Math Monkeys, dan lain-lain lagi, not even counting the All-Subject tuitions and day care they got sent into...

How do students react? Their little minds interpret things straight forwardly. If I do this, I get that. Simple, no? If I get good results, my parents would praise me. If I perform well, I get more attention. If I am naughty, I get caned. And the list goes on. Hmm, how is this gonna help in 'character building', 'moral instilling' and 'social skills'?

So LnG, this is how us Chinese students are made. I was once from a Chinese school, I understand the pressure perfectly. Those getting-sick-every-exam-season and swallowing-the-book-literally, I get that, WE get that. I was once an average in primary, grown up to be the 'good' student in secondary. The problems come when the "what to do with them" appear......

What to do with 'good' kids and what to do with 'bad' kids as teachers classify them? Good kids get to shine ALL THE TIME. The not-so-good kids? Well, they are still there, being invisible. It's like the classic scene from Sky High, the Heros get to save people and they get all the glory; while the Sidekicks work their ass off to compliment the heros. Typical~

My point is... It's teachers day. I understand that it's a hard work being a teacher, I admire their patients, their patients and their patients. Did I mention their patients? I feel that good students should be treated the same way as those not-so-good students. Well, not exactly the same but, no special attentions or sorts. It's only fair?

To the parents... When is the last time you talked to your kid about non-academic, non-usual-nagging, non-school or non-tuition matters? Huh~ It's not easy being a parent too come to think of it.... Well, that's another story~


5 comments:

【Huiyin】 said...

There's a classical experiment has been done to make a research how the perception of teacher has affect the results of students. The experiment is like this, the students in a class have equally divided into two groups. The researcher told the teacher that one group is top student, and the another group is average student, but in fact both of that groups have no differences. Then the researcher left the students to the correspond teacher for one month. After one month, the researcher come back and test on the result. The result has shown that, those students who have been perceived as "top students" by teacher, has score better in the result, while those average students score lower. As what you said in your post, the teacher thought the students are clever in nature, so they put more effort in teaching them, also put higher expectation on the students. Because of all those efforts or extra coaching from the teacher, the students feel that they cannot fail the teacher, so it becomes that they also work harder to meet the requirement of their teachers. This is what we called self-fulfilling prophecy. The expectation that comes from teacher which is only specifically on certain students, the teachers thought they have teach the talented students, they think their students are smart, so without they realized it, they have put more effort on those students. This is why, the "untalented students" have been "put aside" by the teachers, because they perceived them as not so clever students, then the students also follow the expectation from the teachers, and declare themselves as not so clever students, hence in another way it has caused them to be not so hard work. >,<

Ruilynn. said...

Sounds like me during primary school :/

Just Cool Gal said...

so i say!!! thanks huiyin, for all the valuable facts! lynn, yea, i get u. i was an average in class too when i was in primary~ @@

Eu Wey said...

i like the part that says swallowing-the-book-literally.. lolx.. but although im always only an AVERAGE student.. i enjoyed my life being a student.. =D

Just Cool Gal said...

yea, most of us do. we tend to thank our teacher afterwards~ XD