Sunday, July 20, 2008

Child Prodigy vs Malaysian Syllabus Education

Ten years ago, we were proud to hear about Sufiah Yusuf, the math genius who entered Oxford at the age of 13 years old. Months ago, people were shattered by the same girl who now sold her body for 130 pounds (RM845) today in London, reported by online News of the World. At the age of 23, she advertised her so called work in the web page.

Another story, I never heard of it since I was too young to remember is about Mohd Shukri Hadafi who learnt to read the newspaper at the age of 3. It was an early inspiring story for other child prodigy like him at that time. He was adopted by Prof Ungku Aziz but then no news of him was heard until in the 90’s, he worked as a roti canai maker and even worst, some said he was a drug addict.

How about Adi Putra? Also a math prodigy who got problems finding a place in the community. From a common school in Bagan Serai, he went for International Islamic School (IIC) but then went to UNISEL which also not really an assuring place with his life path.

What we can find from these stories are? They are all born Muslim, Malays, and Malaysians. I think that our Malaysia educational syllabus for students should be review to adapt into these prodigy brains child. The child should be tested their IQ level which will enable them either to take the new syllabus suitable for their level of thinking or just take the common one same as the other students, going to school, play and play. Their brain intelligence should grow with many factors taking place such as the growing environment, education received, peer influence and also the community. They should be refrained from being the ‘hot story’ by the media and the negative effects of human technology.

Have anyone watch ‘Detektif Indigo’ by Faisal Tehrani? In that book, the author explained about the differences despite the abilities possessed by these intelligent kids with Islamic values added into their everyday lessons. Why they called it indigo? Because they possessed different colour from anyone else, they have indigo colored aura.

“ Indigo children refers to some children, especially those born after the late 1970s, represent a higher state of human evolution. The term itself is a reference to the belief that such children have an indigo colored aura.[1] Beliefs concerning the exact nature of Indigo children vary, with some believing that they have paranormal abilities such as the ability to read minds, and others that they are distinguished from non-Indigo children merely by more conventional traits such as increased empathy and creativity. They are highly sensitive with a clear sense of self-definition, a strong feeling that they need to make a significant difference in the world. They are strong-willed, independent thinkers who prefer to do their own thing rather than comply with authority figures. They are empathic, can easily detect or are in tune with the thoughts of others, and are naturally drawn to matters concerning mysteries, spirituality, the paranormal and the occult, while opposing unquestioned authority and contradictory to convention. They allegedly possess wisdom and level of awareness "beyond their years." They are also said to feel a strong sense of entitlement.

Some beliefs hold that they are often labeled with the psychiatric diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and also Autism, and that they become unsociable when not around other Indigo Children. They are also believed to be prone to depression and sleep disorders such as insomnia and persistent nightmares.[citation needed] Indigo children also possess defining characteristics in learning; indigos tend to be more visual, kinesthetic learners so remember best what they can picture in their brain and create with their hands.[citation needed] Movement is required to keep them better focused” Quoted from Wikipedia.

So are we ready for these indigo children yet?

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