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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"The one where knowledge turns into wealth..."

There was a recent article I read that 'spun' my interests of why it pays to always think out of the box, and to never scurry away from a seemingly insurmountable challenge;


Those accustomed to the field of biotechnology would be able to vouch that a centrifuge is one of many laboratory instruments used for separation of (bio)materials based on their molecular weight and size by rotation on a fixed axis. To be able to innovate such engineering into household-scale proportions is both a remarkable and outstanding achievement; especially when the effort benefits a good cause.

By virtue of real-life, real people stories such as these, governs us to our self affliction and recollection on the way we perceive and apply acquired knowledge. It is the divine hope of an academician to see practical application of taught wisdom in everyday life, the Holy Grail of a system that hails coherent thinking and the advancement of knowledge. It's a shame that this is not the current situation amassing from the gates of local universities back home; a serious issue that probably commands a revolution of how we educate our young generation. They are, as a matter of fact, on the precipice of a cliche - our future.

A sensible nous of the matter in contention brings into a debacle - are graduates in a working Malaysia today, a product of their own quintessence; or a consequence of an ailing education system?

Simple question, but rather requiring an intricate answer. For future educators such as myself, I deem the repercussions of teaching as both dire and rewarding. I solemnly hope that when it is my time to impart, it would be wisdom and not falsehood. It is easy to teach out of a textbook, but hardest to stimulate a vision.

For those interested on the story on Lila Kerr and Lauren Theis's creation, you can find it here.

-JeP

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