The only problem was, there was only 1 class for Arts out of 8 classes. And it was considered to be the last class. Only ‘stupid’ students and underachievers went to that class. And frankly, there wasn’t much of a future for arts students, that was the mantra told to me.
I dropped Add Maths in Form 5. Replaced it with Art as a subject instead. I can tell you I did not do well for SPM. And I hated the lessons in Form 4 and Form 5.
I felt like a puppy in the sea. Able to keep my head just above water, barely, and hoping to see dry land ahead of me. Struggling each second as I dog paddled slowly to shore.
In Form 6, I broke the chains and I registered for Art Stream. Maybe by then I guess everyone realised I had no future in Science stream. My STPM results weren’t the greatest but it was good enough to get me enrolled in UM.
You know what I learned about this?
That society and well intentioned people can screw a person up. That the expectations and demands of others can actually stunt your growth and inhibit your talent. Just because everyone does it. How apt the proverb “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”.
The UPSR leak is a bad thing to happen. It may affect the students taking the exam. But I think there are worse things happening now which are silently condoned and practised by the parents, teachers, educators and society in general. Things which may negatively and in a large scale impede the growth of our youth and their potential.
I will not blame the system alone. Because this will not happen without the cooperation of the teachers. This would not happen without the explicit consent and support of the parents. And I won’t blame ‘today’ as the reason. This was nearly 30 years ago. It hasn’t changed. We never learned.
You were so busy trying to make an Einstein, when your child was a Van Gogh.
By: William Cheah