CREATIVITY CRUCIAL IN TEACHING TODAY'S KIDS
By: Ms. Lily
Published: The Honolulu Advertiser, May 29, 2007.
In reference to "Teaching's an Art in Challenging Times," May 21:
I was once derided for bringing an algebra class to the Honolulu Zoo — but my students knew they had a bigger task to
do than simply exchanging winks with swinging monkeys. Indeed, my inbox was soon flooded with brilliantly illustrated
charts of animal population, pie diagrams of zoological diet, and a photographic collage of our math trip ingeniously
expressed in algebraic equations.
As the chief receptor of messages in our modern society that's percolated by tons of information, our visual faculty has
become more clamourous than ever.
Children need to learn to construct meaning from what they see as they render individual explication of thoughts and
emotions through their exquisite masterpiece, be it a 3-D assemblage or digital image.
The processes of teaching and learning are not linear; art can inject the gaps with an intrinsic sense of fun and gratification
so integral to the nifty construction of otherwise parched curricula.
Let me blatantly deliver the truth that in today's world of global engagement, merely acquiring skills for application is no
longer enough. Creativity is the pivotal stimulus to growth, and opportunities for it must be afforded to our children.
Learning from One of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew's Iconic Legacies - Bilingualism helps bind diverse cultures
As with all the iconic legacies the recently departed Lee Kuan Yew left behind for Singapore, the institution of
bilingualism was birthed from his extraordinary foresight and profound wisdom.
Beyond knowing that a common language was necessary to unite a multi-racial society, Lee also valued the
importance of preserving the different cultural ballast by ensuring the survival of the varied mother tongues.
In more ways than one, the heterogeneous cultural fabric of Hawaii is rather similar to that of Singapore.
Every effort should be made, at home and in school, to preserve the cultural roots and beautiful ethnic
languages of our kaleidoscopic people.
The sharpened edge of competitiveness that comes from this further laces a critical economic icing
on our societal cake.
Founder of Hawaii Chinese Immersion School