Algebra was already taught in Primary School. Proverbs were already part of Malay Language syllabus when our children were only 8 years old; age when abstract thinking was still distance away from the proper cognitive to understand metaphore. Mubtada’ and khabar which the teachers used to learn when they were in Secondary School, are now already introduced in Primary School. And yet our students still don’t speak Arabic, as many wish.
I was not instructed to design any specific kind of change. The only thing the BOD put their trust on me, is to do whatever is needed to achieve the school vision, and run it according to the full Khalifah Method.
But, my first question is, what do I understand about Khalifah Method?
This week, we are required to read Farid Panjwani’s “The” Islamic” in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse.”Current Issues in Comparative Education 7, no. 1 (2004): 19-29. The article is available at eric.ed.gov
Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.
Brothers, sisters and teachers,
I believe that Farid Panjwani in his article title ‘The ‘Islamic’ in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse’ raised a very important issue which is not limited only to education, but to the whole discussion about Islam.
If a chicken can be made standing on its right leg, walking in circle, peck the red button and rewarded by food, can a man learn better if he follows the law of learning?
Our minds are not random. They behave according to certain rules. The rules can be understood, and applying the understanding to a learning process, makes character shaping possible.
Everyday I went to KMSS, I intentionally abstained myself from watching the students doing their rehearsal for the presentations on our Speech Day. I want to enjoy being surprised, and having a spontaneous thought about it. The presentation will reflect the values internalized throughout the year.
I am glad I did.