Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rant post

Assalamualaikum w.b.t
whaddup geng? 

So in this post I am going to do one of the things that I do best, which is ranting. 

So today's the day when Form 3 students get their results. First of all I would like to congratulate all of you, regardless of your results. What matters is that you've tried your best. Celebrate, have fun. You still have time off before school starts again. Remember, the journey is far from over. 

For those who got straight As, keep up the good work and maintain your excellence until SPM. Don't get cocky. Upper secondary is very different from lower secondary. 

For those who are not satisfied with your results, try harder for SPM. There's no use crying over spilt milk. Instead, take it as a lesson. Don't give up, because real failure is when you give up. Results aren't everything. Many people have been successful without an all As result, because they found what they're good at, and they worked hard. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses :) 

Here I would also like to share a video. 
It's very inspiring and mind-opening, and definitely worth watching. I would definitely suggest watching this video if you have the time. If you don't, make time. It's Sir Ken Robinson's speech "Do schools kill creativity" from a TED Talks session.

What I really want to rant talk (or rather, type) about is cheating. 

You know what pisses me off? 
When people get all cocky about excellent results. There's absolutely no wrong in being grateful and happy about good results. By all means, enjoy it. All praise to Allah, the Most Gracious. But when people get cocky, please, shut your pie hole. 

You know what's worse?
When people get cocky about excellent results that were obtained through cheating.Then they get all the recognition and glamour and whatever perquisites (hooray for using a fancy word for "perks") excellent students are worthy of.

"Intelligent", "smart", "Hope of the country, religion and nation" . Oh shut up. 

Is there a school where there is not one student who cheats? who knows, it's possible, but it's highly unlikely. Cheating exists in many forms, and can be done in many ways, due to the creativity of the students. Heh, at least we're good at something. 

Is the education system too exam-oriented? Well, in my opinion, exams are needed to know one's capability, but society's(including educational institutions')  "EXAMS ARE EVERYTHING" culture is pretty ridiculous. How to change the judgmental mind? I don't know. Don't waste your time, remember that it is your education, your fight, your future. Do what is best for you. At the end of the day, you need to help yourself in this world. 

If you need to cheat to be excellent, then you're not excellent at all. It is not you who is smart, but the person you cheated off. Stop lying to yourself, you can only depend on people for so long. What about college? What about life? Will there always be somebody to save your butt? Newsflash! There won't. 

What about leaked exam questions? Well, that can only happen when there's an irresponsible adult, right?Students (some, not all) crave leaked questions more than the starving crave for food. It's like getting the key to a treasure chest, when you're broke. I'm exaggerating, perhaps, but you know what I mean.

The question is; are the students to blame?

There are a lot factors which leads to students cheating, but it's all for one cause; to get great results. Some of the factors include high expectations, low self-confidence, desperation, peers, etc... 

In my opinion, you can't really put 100% of the blame on the students. Why? because many of us are told to get Straight As, nothing less or else we're considered as a failure. As if if we don't get it we have wasted 11 years (or more) of education. 

The things adults say sometimes... Parents (not mine alhamdulillah), teachers, anyone... 

Do you know how it messes with our head? making us feel useless, and worthless. 
When you compare us, it depends on what you say and the way you say it. 
Seldom it comes out as constructive criticism, most of the time it's just cold-hard judgement, telling us we're not good enough. 

Instead of telling us we're not doing good enough, tell us we can do better. Turn it into a positive note. It makes a big difference. Frankly, when the students develop a negative outlook upon themselves, the bad results aren't going anywhere. 

And of course, if the students already know that questions are leaked, they're torn between two choices:

1.Take it. 
Then they can "study" it and presumably get great results.

2.Don't take it.
Study normally while all the other students who took it will probably get great results. 

This is where integrity comes in. Self-confidence helps too.  This situation is similar to in movies where a character discusses the option with an angel and a devil. I hope those who ever meet this situation are able to make the right decision. 

Cheating has become so common, it isn't considered as a big deal anymore. It has become more of a choice. If you cheat, please don't bother those who choose not to. If you choose to cheat it's completely up to you, but don't force other students who choose not to cheat to give you their answers. That's just selfish and disrespectful. Some people actually have values they hold on to. Like s e r i o u s l y. 

Of course, in my humble opinion, I think not cheating, is an achievement itself. :)b

Again, congratulations to everybody, especially those who didn't cheat. 
For those who did, I hope you stop and develop more self-confidence before your next exam.

SPM-leavers, keep praying. 

Let's all try our best and refrain from cheating. ok?
Integrity has become a dying value. If it was an animal it would be endangered. 

Disclaimer: This entire post was written generally and not specifically referring to any students / institutions. If you cheat and you found this post provocative or whatever, sorry not sorry.

1 comment:

  1. I likeeee! (Y)
    They made it looks like ''it's everything to get straight A's''.
    I really hate that. Sorta discrimination in education.


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