Issues and Ideas in Education for the New Malaysia
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Author: Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi
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The social, economic, religious and political problems of the present can be traced entirely to our education system. The way our schools, universities and religious institutions managed education expired 30 years ago, and we, therefore, need a new perspective for our country to move into the future and into the global market. Our education was premised on the production of workers as ‘tools’ to man the industry that would produce rapid growth. We have excelled at producing workers through our education industry, and they find themselves placed in a world of communication technology, ill-equipped to deal with technological, political and social changes. The old social, political and religious narratives that served as the foundation for the education constructs in the past must now change into a more inclusive, tolerant and exploratory construct in order to create real intelligence, and innovation that drives the entrepreneurship of ideas as well as social and political revolution. This book asks the questions that the government does not want to ask, does not care to ask, and does not even know how to ask about the ways in which our schools, universities and religious institutions must readdress the issue of education in a global and fast-changing world where the old order of work, play, learn, and communicate have vastly changed.
MOHAMAD TAJUDDIN MOHAMAD RASDI is a professor of architecture at UCSI University. He is a prolific writer and speaker on architecture, politics, social issues, religious matters and education. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he obtained degrees in architecture. In 1996, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Tajuddin is an award-winning author of numerous books on architecture, pertaining to Islam, housing, community-building and administrative planning. He is currently a columnist for The Star and Sin Chew Daily, having also written for The Borneo Post, Free Malaysia Today, Sinar Harian and Utusan Malaysia. Tajuddin also served as member of the Majlis Perundingan Keharmonian Rakyat appointed by the Pakatan Harapan government.