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09 June, 2006

Education revolution

Hooray for Sheikh Mo, who is determined to modernise education:

"The days of dictating, memorising, reprimanding, and saying are long gone. A school's primary objective is to teach students how to learn, acquire knowledge, think, search, and have the ability to choose between the available and possible alternatives."

Wise and courageous words. Because what impact is a highly educated, independent-minded and critically-thinking new generation going to have here? Farewell autocracy, hello democracy. Uneducated aristocratic sons can forget about plum government jobs when lowly bedouins start postgraduating in droves.

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21 Comments:

Anonymous Louis said...

I'm looking forward to that day when lowly bedouins start postgraduating in droves and drive the shit out of uneducated aristocratic sons. Think it'll happen in Dubai soon? Wait and see is the name of the game :-)

09 June, 2006 10:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

louis that was a stupid comment.

09 June, 2006 11:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, why do you think so?

09 June, 2006 11:29  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Stupid aristocratic sons.. :) Well some can be a strain on the nerves. Not quite sure whether education will undoubtedly lead to universal sufferage though - and what use is partial democracy where most of the population is precluded by default?

The benovelent dictatorship model might still be seeing us through the next few decades.

09 June, 2006 22:19  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

These Anonymouses are a courageous, incisive lot.

10 June, 2006 02:07  
Anonymous anon@03:34 said...

I wish that Sheikh Mohammed bin rashad al-maktoum was my country's leader...He reminds me a lot about sheikh zayed (rahimhu Allah).
Indeed Good men.

10 June, 2006 04:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would consider Sheikh Mohammed an even bigger (than he is now already) Hero the day he tones down the capitalistic upswing in swing for the past few months. Survival of the fittest may be the name of the game in Dubai but fittest are those that are humane and prevent others from being inhuman. Take a look around you and you'll see what I mean.

10 June, 2006 08:31  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

"Survival of the fittest may be the name of the game in Dubai but fittest are those that are humane and prevent others from being inhuman..."

Bravo! Strong words. But surely, it is this capitalistic upswing that allows Dubai to take credence as a commerce and trade hub, which in turn attracts all of us international gypsies like moths to the proverbial flame? I think it's up to all of us to individually tone down the dirham rhetoric. A
n excellent first step would be a blanket ban on blondes in MNC sponsored minis:)I've already decided i'm buying cheap knock-off sunglasses from hereon...

10 June, 2006 09:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'I've already decided i'm buying cheap knock-off sunglasses from here on...'

Count me in for these sunglasses and anything else that counts as an individual contribution to tone down the Dirham rhetoric.

10 June, 2006 10:16  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

What more can be said about a place that seems to think that erecting (I use the word guardedly) giant ribbed condoms alongside the major roads (and even hanging or protruding lasciviously from many of the traffic signs)? Just about sums it up really.

10 June, 2006 13:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheikh Mo is a dynamic leader and he makes some idealistic statements, but that may not be reality. The costs in Dubai have gone so high that servicing other markets from Dubai are not profitable anymore. I guess it is after all a desert envirnoment and cost of upkeep are astronomical. So long as Oil prices keep going up, the AGCC govts will do fine by keeping the locals monetarily happy. The strict religious codes also are a way to control any free local thinkers. As for expats expecting to earn some tax free money, think again. The increasing costs, charges etc. will make sure you spend most of your money in Dubai. Beware the bankruptcy laws are non exsitent for expats. That's what Sheikh Mo wants anyway.

10 June, 2006 18:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the rate at which things are moving, I hope Dubai is not an ever expanding bubble waiting to burst? I hope I’m not around to see this happen for that would truly hurt the founding fathers who had a vision for growth without malice and prejudice that is contrary to the vision of today for the many tomorrows.

10 June, 2006 19:14  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Dubai an ever-expanding bubble? It certainly is glitzy and about as removed from reality as Carl Jung was from normal dinnertable conversation.

But i don't think its going to implode. I have a grudging admiration for the resilience of the place. The head honchos have been functioning with quite some insight - they have the basics right. Ecnonomic diversification, free port, tourism...petro dollars only count 25 percent of Dubai's gregarious economic manouverings.

10 June, 2006 21:09  
Blogger Swizel said...

Education revolution? what are people studying - I'll wager technology, business and all the other souless disciplines are oversubscribed. what about arts and humanities - I've never met an Arab PhD that had a PhD in anything other than engineering or a hard material science. Where are this generations middle eastern Carl Jung's

10 June, 2006 21:51  
Blogger the shadow said...

FYI, there are alrady quite a few bright young local boys and girls 'postgraduating' both whitin and outside the UAE. If they actually do manage to revamp the current writ-memorization education system in favour of a more goal oriented problem solving one, then there will someday be a tidal wave of smart young locals.

The trick will be, if they can change the system, how will all these bright young sparks compete in the job market when they start arriving in droves? That will be very interesting to see.

BTW, have loved a little Jungian dinner conversation haha...

10 June, 2006 22:28  
Blogger the shadow said...

...Or to put it another way, the big question will be whether of not to subsidise the hiring of locals in the private sector. If they're really as good as sheikh mo says they will be then in time they'd probably be OK as they develop in their careers but what private sector companies are going to pay 10k + for starting salaries for the fresh grads in the current labour market?

With a large quantity of local grads, I don't see subsidies being a very sustainable option...wouldn't want to get that bill every month...but the alternative would be almost unthinkable...a generation of bright young locals who wouldn't be able afford to live in their own country given the current costs of living etc. Not a good scenario...can you say 'disenfranchisement'?

A possible way out would be visa restricitons on foreign workers...but not the low end of the market, mind you, since the competitiveness of the economy will always rely on low cost labour...instead, I would expectrestricitons on the amount of higher end expat arabs/westerners/indians allowed to work here in order to make way for the new generation of highly skilled locals.

So...maybe time to start saving a little eh?

10 June, 2006 22:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD uve become very kiss assy these days

10 June, 2006 23:10  
Anonymous click310 said...

Whats teh point of educating the citizens when stuff like this happens -> Fujairah Shariah court orders man to be stoned to death for adultery

11 June, 2006 08:52  
Anonymous Lujayn said...

Swizel - I have met plenty of Arabs with degrees in History, Anthropology, Archaelogy, Comparative Literature, etc (I myself have a post-graduate degree in the former). Now, if you meant Arabs as only UAE citizens, I'll grant you that there is a strong drive to study technology and business at the moment, but you would be surprised how many study political science, media and sociology, among others. They're not making it into the media, but it doesnt mean they dont exist. I get irked when people make blanket statements, thats all.

11 June, 2006 08:54  
Anonymous click310 said...

Education Revolution needed ASAP at Dubai Police HQ

11 June, 2006 10:06  
Blogger David Eisaiah Engel said...

I look forward to the day when this happens in the Palestinian authority.

15 June, 2006 10:46  

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