I love the openness and ease of access the internet has become these days, almost anyone can have their own presence and start their own WWW existence instantaneously simply with a blog (much like my own really). And one of the newest additions to the world of WWW blogging are the Yusofs. That’s right, in seeking to put the family name back in the black after all the controversy surrounding Sufiah Yusof of late, the family has started their own blog.
In the post “Corrections of Misconceptions” the family attempt to put some “misconceptions” that the media have stated as fact straight. Here are some of the points they attack:
1: All the Yusof children were taught via Farooq’s “accelerated learning methods” — a tortuous regime involving studying in the freezing cold, punishments for answering questions incorrectly, and “stretching and breathing exercises”.
2: The Yusof children only became prodigies because they were forced to work unreasonably hard and/or were homeschooled.
3: TV and pop music were banned in the household.
4: The Yusof parents put tremendous pressure on their kids to succeed.
5: Sufiah’s abilities were unique, even within the family.
It’s a little heavy reading, so there’s also a FAQs page as well, that answers the above points and more too.
Interesting Note: The family blog encompasses the Yusof family except Farooq (father) and Sufiah (daughter), so it includes Halimahton (mother), Zuleikha (daugther), Iskander (son), Abraham (son) and Aisha (daugther).
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