Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review History Syllabus in Malaysia Petition

Dear parents,

If your child(ren) is/are studying in a government/private school following the Malaysian Education System, please take sometime to learn about what your child(ren) is/are learning in his/their history subject. Over the years our history has been manipulated to a state where it is no longer the total truth. What our child(ren) is/are learning in history is very much a joke!

The petition calling for review of our school history syllabus and textbooks is already online in 3 languages - English, BM & Mandarin.

The main concerns underlying the petition are that the textbooks:

(a) are filled with many historical errors and half truths;

(b) fail to reflect fairly on the contribution of all communities in the development of the nation;

(c) are written from a narrow world perspective instead of a equipping students with a balanced global perspective;

(d) are strongly biased towards certain religious civilization and belief to the point of being religious propaganda.

Please could you lend your support to the cause and sign online? Appreciate if you could alert those within your professional, family and social network to do likewise?

** I grew up not knowing anything much about world history! I felt so ashamed. All these years spent learning so called Malaysian history (conveniently left out many events and subjects) and a certain religious civilization. I remembered we only had 1 year of so called world history but that too was mostly about a certain religious civilization. I do not mean to offend anyone but our current history subject needs a major revamp!!!

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