In week six, we watched a movie titled I Not Stupid. The movie told about three students, Terry Khoo, Liu Kok Pin and Ang Boon Hock who in EM3 class, a class for students with low grade. Terry Khoo came from a rich family, he is very obedient to adult, son of a dominate mother and a businessmen father. He is told by his mother to not meddle in others’ affair. Liu Kok Pin is very talented in art but not in academic. His reluctantly-abusive mother pushes him to have a good grade in academic. Ang Boon Hock is a boy who places high value on loyalty. After he loss his father, he and his mother are struggle to earn money.
One day, a new teacher came and become inspiration to Ang Boon Hock. He began to like mathematics and perform better although he is very busy in helping his mother and take care his little brother. He even help Liu Kok Pin to cheat in exams, unfortunately they were caught. Unable to face his mother, Liu Kok Pin attempts suicide but fails. When his mother knows, she became very angry and tries to hit him but suddenly she collapse. Doctor diagnoses her with leukemia.
In a final exam, Ang Boon Hock has the best score in mathematics while the others boys are average. Contrary to his expectation, Liu Kok Pin’s mother greets him with smile when he tells his score. She said she proud of him for trying his best. At the moment, his teacher came and informs them that Liu Kok Pin won second prize in international competition on drawing.
However, the happiness is interrupted by the rush to save Liu Kok Pin’s mother. The teacher sends messages to all of students’ parents to become a donator. Unexpectedly, the suitable donor is Terry Khoo. Although his family refuses to allow him he persists and eventually her parents understand his decision.
In the movie, the teacher has belief in incremental view of intelligence that said intelligence and ability can be increased with effort. Meanwhile Liu Kok Pin’s mother use punishment to push Liu Kok Pin but it turns out to be contrary, Liu Kok Pins’ motivation is decrease.
After inspired by his teacher, Ang Boon Hock has mastery goal, a goal that focus on improvement of understanding. In comparison, his cousin who enter EM1 has a performance goal, a goal that emphasize looking competent and receiving favorable from others.
This movie has opened my eyes about the reality in education world. The kind of this case are still happening today and its our job to change it!