Category Archives: Personal

Learning Beyond Schooling (Director’s Cut)

LearningBeyondSchool—Final Draft190307 (click here to download) Ever wondered how this site came to be Learning Beyond Schooling? This was the book that inspired the transformation from FamilyPlace.com.my to learningbeyondschooling.org. The book has since gone out of print, this is the … Continue reading

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Crisis in Education Malaysia

On the 3rd March 2020, I attended a forum titled ”Crisis in Education Malaysia” which consisted of 4 interesting speakers who spoke on the various issue plaguing our education system. The session began with Mr Francis De Luke, a retired … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Happy new education minister?

We were on our way back to KL yesterday, from our 5-day family holiday in Penang, when our daughter had alerted us to the breaking news on her phone: Malaysia’s education minister had resigned. And this morning, Dr Maszlee Malik’s … Continue reading

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Depression – it’s real

Peer pressure and society’s expectations can be just too immense for the young souls to withstand. We need to rethink the whole approach to educating our young. We should help bring out their talents rather than try to put in … Continue reading

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BECAUSE YOU ASKED: “What’s YOUR education philosophy?”

Have you ever asked yourself this question, before embarking on any educational pursuits? In fact, it is a very important question, of which, not enough discussions have been committed to it. Whichever path you embark on, you have got to … Continue reading

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Dear teenage self……

“Dear teenage self, it was #worldmentalhealthday yesterday so I wrote a little letter because it is such a strange time. Sometimes the world might feel too big and you’ll feel too small. Breathing gets harder and your heart will race. … Continue reading

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Nature U program at Taman Tugu

I can’t express my gratitude enough for the dedication and passion of the individuals responsible for the formation of NEST (Nature Education Society) and who have created this wonderful program in collaboration with Taman Tugu, to bring us Nature U … Continue reading

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Why music education?

Arian and I went for 2 music events yesterday: a talk and recital by Dr David Carrington – a medical doctor cum amateur pianist; and a piano recital by Prof. Congcong Cai of China. The former by the doctor was … Continue reading

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A students’ play that drew a politician’s wrath

Schools often stage plays to allow their students much-needed creative space to voice their heartfelt messages that otherwise, would be locked forever in a dark and hidden vault. And this particular play would have gone unnoticed if not for its … Continue reading

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Our kids have grown up! So what’s the outcome of our learning experiment thus far?

I was introducing my students to Reader’s Digest to inspire them to read, when a student suddenly held up a copy with Obama on its cover and asked, “Teacher, this person in the photo looks like you!” And I looked … Continue reading

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