Ilmiyah and Person: Separating the two?


During the summer, I met up with a friend back home of whom is currently studying in an overseas institution for his undergraduate degree. As often, like many other people, we would ask how's life and how's the environment over there, is it different from home and how he's coping with life away from the family. When talking about education there, one point he made that struck a chord with me.

In the academic field, even myself when I first started my University life, lecturers and tutors would always remind us that although they have the responsibility to teach, often times they won't impose their own personal thoughts on opinion over something towards others. As educators, they have made sort of an oath not force their opinions towards their students or fellow academics be the normative opinions or point of view. Instead, they are entrusted to teach and inform others that this is that and thus leave the students to figure out their own opinion over the matter, be it the sciences, the arts or simply the political.

Going back to my friend's case, I was appalled to learn that what had happened to him was otherwise. His educators, the folks who are supposed to pave the ways to the process of thoughts so that those students can create their own prejudices on things, we're instead feeding them with false information and present them as facts. However strong these 'educators'' claims on those things, whether or not they've personally seen or were personally affected by what they claimed as 'facts', for me such measures are deceitful and plain wrong. Educators, especially academic educators are considered to be objective individuals. They are those few people whom are specialists in their field of study must always be aware of this. Sure, people have their own personal bias over things, but one must bear in mind, that such opinions are subjective. The fault and danger in this might lead to a domino effect that in turn lead to a society of bias. Meanwhile, in the realm of academics, such 'facts' can be misleading. Surely, I believe universities aren't meant to be that way.

The differences between the 'Ilmiyah' or the academics and personal are crystal clear. The former, like I said earlier, is meant to pave a way for thoughts to develop. Your mother your cook rice, but how it ends up depends on the style of cooking you want, you can fry it, add sauce to it and so on, whichever is to your personal liking. The latter however, is more out of touch with the bigger picture. You mother cook the rice, but she won't want you to do anything to it. Eventually, it doesn't go with your liking. As a result you feel like what you are restricted in terms of serving your appetite and ends up not having much choice. Won't it? The same goes to our learning process. In the end, this authoritative learning is only bad for you and everyone.

Luckily enough, my friend was fast enough to catch and realise this. But how about the others? If their thoughts are programmed specifically on that certain issues, it will be rather difficult to change it, is it not? So at the end of the day, those so called educators not only create a batch of 'faulty intellectuals' on a yearly basis, but also a society of hate, bias and thick minded individuals. The end result? Only time will tell, unless someone is willing enough to change that. I hope our schools of thought and educational system aren't like that.

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