Moving Up in Education

Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

My Sociology professor showed us this pyramid in class today. It's the revised version of Bloom's Taxonomy. It is a useful tool to evaluate how students (i.e. us) are doing in school. The further up we go in this pyramid, the better we are at grasping the knowledge.

When I look at this pyramid and think about the education system that I'm currently in, I can't help but think that I may be lingering mostly on the bottom of the pyramid (Remembering/Memorizing).

The best that I have been to is probably the Applying level (I might even poke into the Analyzing level a little bit), partly due to the help of teachers and my own personal motivation. I believe both elements are essential in order to move up the pyramid - mentor's support and personal motivation. If I'm not interested in the subject, I won't invest my energy in it. If I don't have my mentor's support, I may get lost.

But still, why can't I go further up even if I have both? I believe one of the main factors is the 3rd element - the system. The system calls for something other than the building up of unique individual minds. The system paints all students in one color. The system calls for remembering and memorizing in order to ace the exams. After all, that's what matters most right? At least, that's what we're being educated towards.

If we want to change this, then we must educate ourselves away from the current path the system pushes us towards - from being memorizing robots to being creative humans. Great individuals in our history weren't memorizers, they were creators. They create and develop ideas. They make the world a better place.

My rant for the day.

I hope we can go all the way up the pyramid. Insha Allah.

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Aiman Azlan is a motivational speaker, a vlogger, and an author. With an aptitute for psychology, he likes to address topics related to emotional, mental, and spiritual well being. He has traveled all over Malaysia and beyond to speak to predominantly youth audience, speaking about various youth-related topics such as identity, love, family relationship, productivity, community, and self-worth. He now resides in Perlis with his wife and son.

3 comments:

  1. subhanALLAH, THIS. Jazakallahu khairan kathira for sharing Aiman. In my opinion, which is not necessarily true of course (I'm just 19 so I'm lacking experience, I think), an education system should be directed towards more of encouraging each of the unique individual's potentials to burst out themselves rather than just merely 'giving' and 'painting' the students with so-called 'information' so that they can go earn a lot of money and high status, although they may be as well DROWNED by the 'paint'. Ah well, I know, I know, my rant seems pointless and ridiculous what's with all the painting huh but anyway thanks Aiman because this post of yours makes me thinking. And thinking, is one action that keeps on being repeated in the Al-Quran, symbolizing its significance, aite? :) Wallahuaklam.

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  2. oh by the way if it's not troubling I would like to hear your thoughts on my opinion. I mean if there's anything wrong with that and needed correction. Don't wanna go walking around thinking that I'm right when I'm so not, hehe. Thanks again :)

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  3. bro aiman, salute!!!!...
    feel free to read this blog for teachers day..

    http://nurfnabila.blogspot.com/2013/05/kemana-tumpahnya-kuah.html

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