NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN
Volume 11 Issue 4 - November 6, 2009
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Commentary
Wei-Ming Luh
Introducing The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
How-Yi Wang
After 30 Years of Drifting
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Gwo-Bin Lee
Optically-induced Flow Cytometry for Continuous Microparticle Counting and Sorting
Pei-Jung Lu
Adenosine Modulates Cardiovascular Functions Through Activation of Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinases 1 and 2 and Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase in the Nucleus Tractus Solitarii of Rats
Tong-Yee Lee
Optimized Scale-and-Stretch for Image Resizing
Pin-Tsang Tseng
Utilization of Fuel and Development of Fuel Industry in Qing Taiwan
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NCKU Press Center
Prof. Huey-Lang Yang received the "2009 TWAS Prize in the Agricultural Sciences"
NCKU Press Center
NCKU's Microalgal DHA Production Technology Transferred to VEDAN
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Introducing The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Wei-Ming Luh

Distinguished Professor, Institute of Education, National Cheng Kung University

How long haven't you been examining if you are true to yourself? How long haven't you been communicating with yourself? How long haven't you been strolling around the Banyan Garden in the campus? How long haven't you talked to your friends and enjoyed each other's company? Where can we tap into the primordial life source and extract unlimited vitality? Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, recommends us to take the initiative to be that dynamic being you are meant to be! This is the birthright of each and every one of us. He believes that at any time, just say "yes" to that call, and we are on our way to reach the destination.       

The Chinese translation edition of this book is published in June, 2009, by the Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd. The author Sir Ken Robinson, aka World Minister of Education, suffers from Poliomyelitis. In his book, with 59 true life stories, he illuminates four key factors to a successful life: talent, passion, attitude, and opportunity. Also, his insightful and compelling argument enlightens all readers to embark on the journey!

The four factors reveal one after another in the 11 chapters of this book, but in real life their genesis and evolvement are not linear. The right timing, place and people are amongst the determinants of our successful exploitation of them. Moreover, Sir Ken Robinson criticizes the counterproductive and suppressing approaches in the current educational system, and calls for a brand new perspective on schooling where all sorts of potential can be recognized and nurtured. To bring that constructive educational system into existence, I think there is still a long way to go. As parents, we tend to impose our expectations upon our children in the name of "that's for your own good." However, do we cage them to expound their talents with such deeds? Shouldn't we learn to let go and let free and trust them know their direction? Moreover, as teachers at the university, our responsibility is to evoke students' curiosity, catalyze their passion to set forth the expedition. We should also perceive their unique potential, encourage them often and let the sky be their limit. Remember: every person can make a difference!         

Sir Ken Robinson addresses four blocks to development in this book: (1) By reducing intelligence to IQ test scores, we fail to perceive the profundity of diversified talents and intelligence; (2) By treating body, mind, spirit and interpersonal relations as unrelated, we fail to understand the dynamics amongst all capabilities of a whole person; (3) By assuming intelligence will degrade with age, we fail to recognize the people can reinvent themselves at any stage of their lives; and (4) By limiting education as a means for employment, over-stressing the importance of job-related subjects and neglecting all the others, and being dominated by a specific mode of assessment (i.e. written exams), we fail to nurture other talents and mechanize teaching and learning. The author stresses that we cannot foresee the look of the future world, so people should be prepared to reinvent themselves accordingly. In my opinion, an important, if not the most important, goal of education is to help students recognize and carry out their mission of life. Therefore, the mission of teachers is to help people manifest that autonomous and wise existence through education.   
Prof. Luh participated in a conference in Macau and took a picture there.
Prof. Luh (right) was conferred with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education, The University of Georgia, USA, and took a picture with her supervisor.

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