The thing about learning about education is that we are taught, through our readings and trained to teach children to learn to think independently for themselves.
Like today. My elder brother left his bowl on the table. Nevermind that he needn't wash the dishes.
I promptly told him off for being a "bum" for leaving it to the maid to clear his bowl off the table.
He sheepishly went back to the kitchen to clear his bowl to the sink.
Or to teachers who sit on the table, I indirectly told them off by "bringing chairs" to them, to point out to them, we have to do what we teach. If we teach the children not to sit on the tables, as educators, we are sending out a mixed message if ourselves sit on the table.
Besides, didn't your mother tell it ws bad manners to sit on the table??
I believe that when I go Down Under, I will also be trained in the same manner. Whether "doing things for myself" or giving in to peer pressure (such as depending on a helper to do my work) is somethng I would not know in the long term future.
Since I am in a "socio-political" entry writing mood now, as Peter Tan says,
I will re-post here a comment entry from Jeff's comment entries on the UUCA Act 1971.
Now the UUCA Act 1971 forbids "students' involvement in politics, by taking part in events organised and financed by political parties?"
The question now is, are they doing what they preach?
If it applies to local university students, what are these parties trying to do by getting involved with overseas university Malaysian organisations?
Is the govt closing one eye when it comes to their own parties?
How about the opposition parties?
This is what one bumiputra studying overseas noted:
I joined the Malaysian Student Association (MSA)a few years back, in Tasmania, Australia. Our campus is located in Launceston,and the main campus is of course is in Hobart the capital city.We of the Launceston branch are always in envy of our peers in Hobart (and for that matter in the other university, located all over Australia) for the amount of funds they have in their coffers.I can say 60% of our activities are geared towards building funds to finance our few but significant event in the yearly calender i.e. Independance Day Dinner.