Remember, music hath charms too

I found this article in the NST. The issue is quite interesting and also important to us to read about it.


I REFER to Johami Abdullah’s letter “Don’t sacrifice music education” (The Star, July 11). I agree that music should be seen as an equally important subject in school just as the others.

However, it is worrying to note that the Education Minister has decided that the time allocated for music education and subjects of the like will be reduced. I assume that this means art and physical education.

It puzzles me as to how the Government plans to cut short the time for these subjects because as it is, students only attend these lessons once, or to the most, twice a week.

To reduce the time allocated for these subjects is short of scraping them altogether.

While the Government emphasises on Mathematics and Science in our education system, it should also take care not to overlook the other subjects. Good grades and active involvement in the humanities subjects are not only the pre-requisites for certain tertiary courses but are in fact, the forte of many students.

As much as the Government emphasises on the science subjects, it also has to recognise that some, if not many, are not gifted in the sciences but they may be prodigies in music, art and so on.

If lesser time is spent honing the skills of these students in music and other similar subjects, how will it be possible to develop the talents of our potential Michael Jacksons and Da Vincis?

I am sure the Education Ministry has enough experts who know that the minds of human beings are subject to multiple intelligence, as discovered by Howard Gardner.

While some of us are geniuses in the logical-mathematical department, a fraction of us excel in the linguistic arena and yet others are gifted with musical intelligence.

An effective education system should manifest the best in students. Emphasising only on the sciences at the expense of the other subjects will not only produce an imbalanced generation but also frustrate students who are talented in the other subjects as they are simply not provided with the right platform to hone their skills.

After all, what is the use of having scientists and mathematicians if there are no future versions of Yo-Yo Mas and Siti Nurhalizas to entertain the former group?


Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Source: NST



~ by anaksenikl on July 15, 2009.

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