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Don’t Take Education For Granted

12 Jan

I want to go to school too...

Education is very important in our lives. Unfortunately, Indonesian education is not at the maximum standard, and not everybody has the access to education. However, it is really frustrating to see privileged children who are in school taking education for granted.  They protest every day on how much they hate learning or going to school. Many of them can’t be bothered doing their homework, and not many privileged children have the will to achieve something great academically. On the other hand, children from financially struggling families want the luxury to be able to go to school.

Four of the biggest problem in Indonesia’s education are:

1. Low quality facilities and infrastructure. People are so busy building shopping malls, not proper school buildings. Many bad quality school buildings in isolated areas and smaller towns of Indonesia need attention from the government. Every area in Indonesia needs a proper library where children can read, even in their spare time.

2. Low appreciation of teachers. Teachers here aren’t happy enough, they have to work for a low income. Plus, sometimes they have a big burden of teaching 40 children in one class! Therefore, some teachers don’t have a professional attitude.

3. Access to education is not evenly distributed around the country. Isolated areas in Indonesia still have minimal exposure to education. Education should also be made available for everyone from all financial backgrounds. Has the government really been spending the budget (APBN – Anggaran Pendapatan & Belanja Daerah) for education wisely?

4. The subjects taught in schools are taught in the most uninteresting way… ever. Juuuust memorizing. That is all we do at school. There is a better system to teach children so they can be more interested in the subject they are learning, and get them to learn better. Just memorizing is not going to teach them anything, learning with practical activities will help them understand the subjects better.

But for those who have the luxury to receive education, please do not ignore the importance of education. There are so many people out there who would work hard for education. Education gets you jobs, and knowledge. This country would thrive if the people are educated so they’d have more open minds, so that they’d be more creative, more systematic and more useful for this country.

Alexia.

Hey! Don’t Copy My Answers! That’s Cheating!

5 Jan

Study! don't copy!

I admit, I used to copy my friend’s answers when I was at school. But I also admit that I was wrong. I used to copy my friend’s answer because I didn’t feel confident with myself.. mostly because I didn’t pay attention to the teachers when they were speaking or forgot to read over the material when I studied at home.

Until one day, someone else copied my answers. I felt so angry, because I’ve worked hard to study and understand that topic,  but someone else easily copied it. Copying someone else’s answers during an exam or a task is cheating.

Like I said, people who copy answers are people who are not confident with their own knowledge. Even though we all know, when we listen to our teachers speaking in class, we don’t need to copy answers when they give us tasks or exams. To those who are still in school or at University/College, please try to finish your task/exam by yourself. Learn how to respect other people’s efforts, people who’ve actually tried to learn and understand the subject.

Respect your teachers too, please pay attention to them. If we pay attention, we wouldn’t need to copy our friends’ answers.

Let’s erase this bad habit!

Alexia.