Essays on the hidden risks/dangers of academic success (and pressure towards it)
Coming from a culture which valorizes the straight-A child, the following pieces weren’t easy to write. Nevertheless, they represent my efforts over the past few years in trying to persuade my readers (and generally anyone who’d listen) than academia/schooling/education (particularly in my Asian/Malaysian context) doesn’t deserve the ‘glory’ it’s often bestowed.
By all means, we must continue sending our children to school and helping/guiding them however we can. But the obsession with top grades and a ‘glowing’ report card has to stop. Below are more than a dozen essays why (plus related topics):
- Is there a downside to academic excellence?
- Why teachers must stop saying “Must try harder”
- Child sacrifices: Are exams killing our kids?
- Open letter to parents rushing to enrol their kids to school
- Why I stopped attending parent-teacher meetings
- Why school must remove those “30 days to SPM” signboards
- Malaysia’s ideal student
- Mass hysteria: Students need a break, not a bomoh
- 33 ‘secrets’ of education
- If education isn’t ‘useless’ now, it’s useless in the future
- Do we treat our children like washing machines?
- 7 thoughts on education within capitalism
- Can’t abolish exams without abolishing the examination mindset
- Warning: Formal education ahead
- Why don’t our students enjoy school?