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14 June, 2006

A valuable lesson

Education minister Dr Hanif Hassan plans to upgrade the Islamic curriculum. According to Dr Hanif, the current curriculum contains contradictory ideas and does not encourage creativity:

"It depends only on studying by heart without critical understanding. It's also a curriculum that depends on preaching and emotional speech, and this kind of approach can't build a stable mentality that deals with the values of Islam logically."




Blogger Minkey Chief said...

Wow. So much better than the next world's biggest.

14 June, 2006 06:20  
Blogger Woke said...

Very sensible indeed. I wonder how he is going to deal with the 'other' thousands who believes otherwise.

14 June, 2006 09:08  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

For a change a press release that I don't wanna make fun of.
2 x Thumbs up for you Dr. H

Oh what the hell... err Dr.H what happens when all these free thinkers want to have a say in how you and your buddies run the country. What do you do when they wanna vote you out?

Kudos to Dr. H he has done more to bring democracy to the region than Prez Bush. Lets all sing ,'Hail to the Chief', for Dr.H

14 June, 2006 10:32  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

In other news... just in case a certain country wants to block access to SD, because we, (some of us), are victimizing them by sometimes pointing out the exploitation of labor.

I would have complained about China, but, Eti-slack blocked this, so I cannot. But you can complain about something else by reading the mirror here and here.

You see Eti-slack, blocking stuff just makes people in your country focus on you. Let them see the rest of the world and be like the people Dr. H wants them to be.

14 June, 2006 11:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! ..atleast the 'by heart' motto of the students here would soon fade away!

that's one big wrong thing here..memorize and memorize and memorize without understanding. this is not only in Islamic curriculum...but in every school here.

14 June, 2006 12:27  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

A tribute to the excelent services provided by Eti-slack

14 June, 2006 17:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Hanif is the best;)!!

Click310 why do I always have to sense sarcaism in your comments, R you okay?!
Do you even know Dr. "H" as YOU call him?
Your so cynical go back home!! Please save THE UAE and OUR people, by packing your bag, and going back to whatever land you come from!!!

15 June, 2006 01:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I've really enjoyed all the Islamic classes we had in school.
They should REALLY work on the ARABIC instead!

15 June, 2006 01:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memorization is a big problem if you're looking for critical thinking. When I ask an essay question that slightly shifts the focus of the question from the review sheet, I'll get a certain percentage of the class that spills out an answer... not the answer to the question I asked, but the one they memorized.

By the way, dxbyeh, you'll want to improve your written English: "Your so cynical go back home" should be "You're so cynical; go back home." "Your" is possessive; "you're" is "you are." The good news is that your grammar is just as crummy as the average American English speaker. The bad news is the same... :)

15 June, 2006 02:21  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

The move away from learning by rote will probably create a greater acceptance of alternative points of view, reduce automatic worship of authority and therefore change this whole culture of BEING SO $%^&ING SCARED OF CYNICISM AND SARCASM!!!

15 June, 2006 04:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for being OFFTOPIC..
This mornings' KT had a strange news..
" AJMAN — Laundries in Ajman have been instructed to separate the clothes of families from those of labourers and bachelors and use hot water to kill germs and prevent the spread of microbes."
- Does getting married increase ones' physical cleanliness?
why dont' they instruct laundries to wash each client's clothes separately if that is the case..
- And will the laundry get me new clothes if the clothes are damaged from washing in hot water in spite of washing instructions.. ?
and finally, a poll too
"We look forward to your comments, which will be selectively carried in our print edition with your photograph.
Do you think bachelors are less hygienic?"

Ah I prefer to send an offtopic comment on SD's blog rather than posting there.

15 June, 2006 09:03  
Blogger unJane said...

another off-topic though related to previous - Double Decker bouncer 'bounced'. Hooray! and score one for all right-thinking people of the world.

15 June, 2006 09:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a great effort. this method should be brought in those madrasas. we need to root out the cause of islamic fundamentalism and the best way is to educate those fundamentalists logic and critical thinking.

15 June, 2006 10:18  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

dxByeH @ 15 June, 2006 01:20

Considering that its your country and you do have a right to kick cynics like me out,(as you guys make up your own crazy-ass laws). So in order to save your country I have moved back home, working for a certain news organization that hates you. So next time you wanna buy ports, we'll be there.



PS - Instructing someone to leave is not a great way of making an argument against all the crazy foreigner's, (whom you imported), infecting the population with alien ideas like, democracy, not stoning people to death, paying workers, not confiscating passports, and the list goes on.

15 June, 2006 10:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unjane - i am very interested in the double decker story - can you give me some details, source?

15 June, 2006 10:39  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

Anon @ 10:36

Its on Gulfnews. Heres the link:

15 June, 2006 11:07  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Brilliant! Utterly Brilliant! I happen to be brown myself, and these steriod engorged oinks manning the gateways to watering holes from Waxy to Rock Bottom to what have you, have driven me to seek solace in little known bars in Muteena street.

I've actually got a liddle public notebook going in Google, where i carefully snip and attach any articles relating to racially-inspired choosiness at the doors of establishments in good ol' Dubai.

I don't mind paying, and I don't mind waiting. But I do detest paying and waiting when others of reddish hue are walking nonchalantly by.

Ahh, delicious... I'm making copies of that complaint form (using office supplies of course) and distributing faaar and wide.

15 June, 2006 11:41  
Blogger unJane said...

Shaper 85 - thanks for filling in my gap. It's also on the front cover of the main section - bottom left 'Hotel suspends Pub Guard' - and may I say again what a fine job your plastic surgeon has done with your new look! How many pounds of liposucked mess was that, anyway??
click310-you are right on with the change that will come with a free-thinking society while dxbyeh drags around that worn teddy bear of a response 'love it or leave it'. Let's have a real dialogue about where this will lead and leave the personal attacks on the school grounds where they belong.

15 June, 2006 11:55  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

Insipid Chagrin if you or anyone you know is willing, a descrete camera crew can be arranged. They wire you up and tape the exchange between the hotel staff and the person being denied entry.

It would make a great promotional video for Dubai.

Wonder why no one has documented that as of yet? and if they have, please post the video.

DIY guide to sting ops:

equipment required:

1 x digital voice recorder with a wire mic.

1 x friend with a camera at a discreet distance. (stabalize the camera by placing it in a bag or on something to prevent shaky video)

1 x retarded hotel staff

2 x pair of balls to do it

1 x email to click310 and gang so we can produce and publish your exploits

15 June, 2006 12:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know one of the people who were affected by this racism story. I am going to do an undercover check to see if this person is still working there or if the hotel manager of AL MUROOJ ROTANA is lying. I have reasons to believe he is lying because someone just told me the bouncer was there 2 nights ago.

Click310 - will your news organization be interested in that story ?

15 June, 2006 12:23  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

Click310 said:

"2 x pair of balls to do it"

Hmm does that mean the person needs 4 balls? If thats the case, then you'd have to find someone for this undercover operation who's lived around Chernobyl. Or conjoined twins. :D

15 June, 2006 13:13  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

anon @ 12:23

Surprised Sheep Productions is always intrested in publishing UAE an exposé, as for the real world corporation, they will broadcast anything that gets the ratings up at that time.

15 June, 2006 13:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

click310 -
LOL! Thank ALLAH your back home.
Who cares if the organization ur working for loves or hate us? envy baby!! U said it urself, this is why you'll be very bias when it comes to the creditability of the news your delivering!! I feel bad for the readers, because of the crap your feeding them. Besides, what rules and laws are you talking about? What we have to run our country the way ur government runs urs or else your highness will label our laws as “crazy-ass laws” ?? There is good and bad everywhere!!!!
Btw, we already did buy new ports, where were you ?
PLEAAAAAAAAAASE, Like you have “the best” argumentative skills, for you to advise me how to argue. LOL!
I have nothing against people pointing out bad things in Dubai, BUT also instead of whining they should come up with solutions and suggestions.

The cases you’ve listed: not stoning people to death, he wasn’t stoned to death FULLSTOP ON THE LINE. The UAE doesn’t strictly follow Islamic rules. As for paying workers, the ministry of Labor is working on that, and this case happens all around the world. Besides, ur only hearing one side of the story. Do you call that confiscation?! when a sponsor who allowed a person to come in and work, he has the right to keep his passport incase anything happens. Of course you wouldn’t know because everything you know is from the NEWS.. LOL.. there are a lot of cases of non-local partners in a business running away with a lot loaned money, leaving the other partner in debt. And the list goes on… stuff like this happen everywhere not only in Dubai.

15 June, 2006 15:13  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

15 June, 2006 16:36  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

xByeH @ 13:15
My answer,(in a language you might understand) : LOL, OMG, O RLY?


2 x balls the prerequisite for the person(s) behind and in front of the camera. But if you know someone with conjoined balls; lets have some hot link action going on here - post pix :p

15 June, 2006 16:39  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

If all this talk about balls won't get SD banned then I'm sure posting links to bizarro pics of it will!

16 June, 2006 00:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is it when someone raises a good point, others overlook that and just pick on the typos and english mistakes that person made?

grow up seriously. at least we put an effort to learn the language.


moving on: if the new curriculum is going to include more critical thinking and will allow students to ask questions, and perhaps have practical exercises, then i think its a step forward.
as much as religion class was fun back in school, now when i try to remember the simple rules taught about religion ..i just cant seem to remember!

and i also think they should be MORE picky when it comes to choosing the teachers that will teach religion to students. because u either grow up hating it, or loving it. i remember out teacher violated like 17 of the islamic lessons we were studied LOL

20 June, 2006 09:58  

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