In school, we always learn stuff that will hardly be used in real life. For me, calculating tangent, cosine, sine equations and solving differentiation and integration problems, aren’t relevant to me now.
So I have a suggestion for MOE. Instead of just teaching students how to convert from meters to centimeters, liters to milliliters, guide them on how to convert liters per kilometer to kilometer per liter, and vice versa.
This is only mathematical conversation formula I can remember and apply in daily life especially in this turbulent economy. Sadly, this conversation formula wasn’t even touched upon in secondary school.
Random thought 🙂
I just found this testimonial (written in 2008). I shall dedicate this post to one of the few secondary teachers that has impacted my life in so many ways and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Mr. Eddie Tan. The name still resounds in my head. Even though five long years have passed me by, I will never forget his unique and colourful ways of teaching, coaching and guiding that motivated me and my classmates to improve and grasp the science foundation and concepts. He also never failed to inspire us to be the best we could be. Also, the way he disciplines always targeted the students’ behavior, not the students themselves.
Apart from being curriculum-orientated, his heart overflows with love, care and concern for his students’ welfare and moral development. Even in external competitions not related to studies, he goes all out to assist the students. Being always ready to be involved in the students’ lives, he earned my full respect.
Currently, I am honoured to have many opportunities to work for and alongside him in Temasek Secondary School. He still surprises me with his passion for and enjoyment in imparting young talents with not just paper knowledge, but his life’s virtues as well.
“10 years from now, this will be a metropolis. Never fail.”
NDP 2002 came and went. 8 years from that, I still have no respect for that particular person ‘T’. 2002’s event was terribly executed. No other words to describe that event. The only saving grace was the friendships forged because of the long hours spent with each other. We came to know each other’s behaviours, characters, etc. Our friendships got us through that.
Just a few hours ago, I got to experience another event handled by ‘T’. It was bad, real bad. Again, I have no words (in english or chinese or malay) to describe how bad the organisation was. Everyone was left waiting in between acts. There was no order of events. Stage management was terrible as there were no fixed position for the instruments, etc etc etc.
The list goes on.
“All performers, please proceed to backstage area. now. now!”
Alas, after 7 days of rest, I am back at work. haiz. haha
haha. this post is a little lag..but who cares. no datelines for now, at least, and there is no compulsion to add post counts anyway. wahaha. The feeling I have of not going to school is a mixed one. There was at least 1 day when I woke up feeling so down, thinking that I have a paper, and then it struck me that it was actually the holidays. These withdrawal symptoms are so scary. 🙂 haha
Okay, apart from going back to work to help out, and earn some pocket money at the same time, this month is going to be full of meeting-ups, get-togethers, dinner-‘dates’, etc. This month, i promise, will be a month where I won’t lock myself at home. This shall be a month when i try to go for all activities whenever I can.
and first on the list was the ‘cheapest post-exam activity’.
Gathered with a small group of what’s left of the ravis (today = 4 including me). 🙂 Anyways, it was a great time to catch up after the exams again, without the stress of school. Botak Jones is just a few blocks away from me, but I had to make a trip all the way to AMK’s one, so that I won’t PS 😛 Out of the countless gatherings, I only went for 2, and this is the 2nd one. wahaha. I shall be secretly proud of myself for not PS-ing this time round. 🙂 Thanks guys and gals for the invitation. 🙂 Glad I took myself out of the workplace/home and got down to having a little get-together. It was fulfilling.
Back home now, getting ready to plan stars correctly…”STARS and crescent, please shine on me, turning out hopes into reality”
4 more days to the last paper (out of 6), 7 more days to a new phone, 8 more days to my hols job !
exciting times ahead.
haha, just one update…my decision to try to get into the commitee of MMC in MJC failed for some reason or the other..haha, now hoping some miracle appear lorx..i dunnoe..for me, i itnhk i can revolutiobize this CCA but the students dun give me a chance..:( haha..jkjk….but just to say truthfully, some teachers in mi CCA very str8 and cant change thier mindset easily..how nice Mr Desai and MR wong in mi schoo, but mi technition, Mr Ahzar, is a really nice AV technician..haha, about the same as mr wong….i really miss temask and it AV crew, the liberalized one compared to MJC’s LAWFUL CCA, that cant let mi CCA expand properly and let it developed..nvm, this is life..i cant change it..*sob sob