Friday, September 10, 2010

The Law of Averages

It’s been 3 months since I’ve updated my blog. Not giving excuses but it has been quite a outstanding year, with lots opportunities realised, which unfortunately takes up all my spare time. Request for reading has increased and I have been able to contribute on a monthly basis to my favourite charity because of the support from bazidiary’s readers. My sincere thanks to those who have given.

I’ve also started to learn feng shui as I feel that action alone is not enough to ‘change’ destiny. It’s timely to understand how the environment and the flow of Qi can play a role in affecting one’s destiny. After all, how things pan out depend on 3 things: destiny, environment, and human action. Just the other day, while having supper, one of my friends mentioned there were actually 5 things, not 3 that determines the ‘success’ of the individual! Destiny and feng shui we already know. The others are KARMA (I treat this as human action), NAME (I presume preserving the family name) and lastly EDUCATION.

Been Asian, obviously we believe the foundation to a better life is a strong fundamental education. Early this year an opportunity to put out foot in Australia open up, and we decided it was time to relocate my son there so that he can experience what we think is a world class education experience. So, we started researching and comparing what contributes to a ‘world’ class education. A few trips down south, multiple interviews with a few schools and browsing through countless websites indexing and benchmarking different schools led me to one very thought provoking perspective.

You see, Australia and Malaysia roughly has the same population. In fact, if you look at syllabus, you’ll find that in Malaysia, students are put through a more rigorous education system. Malaysian kids definitely learn a lot more. There’s this rat race that goes on in the Malaysian school system. Parents who can afford it, pay small fortunes for their kids to go into private and international schools, which when you are actually look at the qualifications of the teachers and principals, you’ll be puzzled how they can actually charge so much. In the Chinese school system, children are drilled in maths and science in all languages, and take home piles of homework on a daily basis. Whereas in Australia, it almost seems that the extracurricular activities take a key place in their early education years. So, how does Australia create so many scientist, musicians, noble prize winners, outstanding sportmen and women with such a education system that most Asians would consider very ‘relaxing’?

I believe the answer lies in the emphasis on the strengths rather than the weakness. In Australia, if you are good in a particular subject, you are given the opportunity to go further into it, whether it is performance arts, science, or sports. It doesn’t matter. You actually can opt out of your regular classes and take these extra classes. In Malaysia, most parents will ensure that you are given more tuition, and emphasis is given to the weak subjects. Think of the output of these 2 actions: one focuses on strengths and the other on weakness. Which system do you think generates average results and which promotes excellence?

The same principle would apply when we look at a bazi chart or feng shui property. I believe it is better (if you have only so much resources) to work the strengths rather than fix the weakness. For, the strengths would hopefully outdo the law of averages.