Archive for September, 2009

Life without goals is meaningless.

By: M. L. Lai

Every year, without fail I will have a some last minutes students year 6, Form 3 and Form 5 signing up at my tuition centre. I shan’t complain since its generating income to me.

What frustrates me is definitely not the sudden flow of money but the attitude of Malaysian youth.

What are the expectations of such youth attending classes 2 or 1 month before the major examinations ?

It has become a norm for me when a new student enroll in the subjects below, I perform an assessment.

Year 6 – Math, a timetable quiz
Year 6, Form 3 and 5 – English, sentence writing comprising of words such as eat, eats, ate, eating
Year 6, Form 3 and 5 – BM, free style essay writing with minimum words of 120

Sadly, most last minute intakes fail miserably during the assessment. So, where should I begin in my lesson? Should I teach or revise? Revision is of no use. That’s a fact.

I wish I have a magic pill for these students. They come and go like the wind.

Your questions are leading you to intervention and your life is down to the questions you ask

By: Marco Robinson

I am disturbed.

A blog that I’ve been faithfully following has disappeared. The blogger has removed the weblink. Just like that ! Without a word of parting, after 2 years, the blogger finally saw no reason to blog anymore. I knew things weren’t working so great. I can tell from the tone of the most recent write up. I tried giving support, showed concern to this stranger. After all, 2 years is considerably a long time. I thought I had some special “rights.” – built on a virtual bond where words were exchanged in the blogging realm.

I was naive and stupid. The virtual world only exists so long packets are sent across the thin wire. Once you unplug everything dissipates.

Sitting and doing nothing will not make you a millionaire

By: M. L. Lai

It was an ordinary Friday afternoon. I couldn’t even remember the date. However, the feeling I felt on that special Friday was surely unforgettable.

Seated next to me was a 12 years old boy. His eyes were brimming with excitement. Sadly, his enthusiasm wasn’t to learn about the Bahasa language class which I was paid for. Instead, he was jumping for joy and eagerness to share with me his first time encounter of “courtship rivalry”.

This is his story.

After release of the UPSR trial results at school, I was chilling with my friends under the shade at the field. My friend was walking with his “girlfriend.” An idea struck me and instantly I acted upon it. I walked up to the guy friend of mine and grinned, ” Did you know I touched your girlfriend earlier ?” His face turned red. I could see smoke oozing out from the top of his head. That’s when a sudden voice told me to run ! And ran I did. My good friend chased me out of the field, into the classrooms and across corridors. In between rooms, some others joined the chase. Finally, I was caught !

He pointed his breathless fingers at me. “Don’t ya ever touch my girl !” Panting. I nodded.

At this point when he finished telling his story, he was standing. Showing me the motion how his friend pointed that filthy finger at him. I was noticeably amused. I couldn’t resist my curiosity, so I asked naively, “So, did you touch his girlfriend?” He started laughing hysterically as if I asked the most ridiculous question. I must admit, I was ashamed, being laughed at by my own student.

He motioned his head indicating “No”. My face went blank. I didn’t understand it. Why did he tell his friend that he did so ? Why did the guys chased him? There was no logic behind it. Naturally, I inquired further. “Just for the fun of it” was his plain explanation.

With that, I left that class that day, learning that men will create rivalry among each other when it comes to courtship – just for the fun of it. Not that if it ever mattered if one fancies the girl or otherwise.