Education and its impacts to society and the world: a reflection from a future education practitioner

I’d like to call myself a future education practitioner. Yes, in six months, I’m going to be a teacher. a teacher with her own classroom, her own students, and her new stage of life to be encountered. In only six more months, I’ll be dealing with my first year of teaching. I heard some experiences from some friends, and yeah, they all sound so overwhelming.

I am now studying Biology education in one of private universities in Indonesia, and I am now in my senior year. One more semester to go, and around 3 more months away from my thesis submission due date.

Been studying this field for three and half years, but I have never been thinking about what I’m actually doing and what should I be doing with this field until around five months ago, when I started my 4-month-internship (student-teaching). Yeah, as a student, I have been equipped and taught about many theories about education, how to deal with the students, how to get prepared, how to do teacher’s paperwork and administration, etc. but surely, what is in the theories, are not all the same with what I see in the reality. I, then, started thinking about the reason why I am even here, doing all these things. I think, we should firstly know why we do what we are doing before we go further with it, right? I don’t wanna be a working machine that goes back and forth from home to work only to fulfill a routine and gets salary at the end of every month. We were all created for more than that, right? We were all created for more than just being a working machine, working day and night, and then… feels nothing.

I really believe that we were all called to be part of this community and have our contribution to make this world a better place. Have you even thought about that? I think that life is far, far more than just going to good schools, making good grades, getting good job with big amount of salary, and then what? We end up as the kids of the consumerists world. We pursue good schools and good grade in order to get good job with good salary then with that big salary, we end up buying more stuff, because that is what this world is offering and alluring us with. Here, I’m not saying that we don’t need money, we do, but that is not our ultimate goal. We are really created to be more than just doing such thing.

All these things keep running around my head, tickling my very thinking to even think deeper and deeper. Like what I posted earlier about a quote that has been in my mind… sometimes, the simplest question can really strike us the most because we are too busy finding out big things and forgetting other little things that are actually the very basis of everything else. Yeah, we keep thinking on changing the world, making this world a better place, and etc. but have we even ever thought of this very simple question: “Why are we even here?” “Why in the world am I doing this right now?”

Simple questions that ask for the very reason of our existence. These very questions, lead us to our view of the meaning of our life, also, the purpose of our life.

Who doesn’t agree that education is an important thing? I believe we all do agree that education plays a very important role in the society. Nelson Mandela once said:

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Yes, more than what most of us can see, education has bigger impacts to our society. Education itself, for me, is more than just a process of transferring knowledge to the students. It is about touching lives, teaching hearts, and helping the young lives to figure out who they really are, why they are here. It sounds so profoundly said, doesn’t it? but what that really means in real life? Even more, what does that mean to me, as a future education practitioner?

I realize that becoming a teacher needs more than just wide and broad knowledge of my subject. But it also takes obedience, discipline, and total dependence to my Maker. The one who gives me my identity, the purpose of my life, and the one I am doing all these things for.

I believe that our world now needs more than just smart people. Look around us now, we’ve got so many smart people. But how many of them do really care about doing something for others? How many of them use their knowledge, ability and smartness for the good of others?

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” 

― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” 

― C.S. Lewis

 

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” 

― Aristotle

What we believe impacts our actions, decisions, and views to many things around us. There is no neutral belief, I believe. Everyone has their own worldview. Their own perspective on how they see the world, how they approach things in their life, how they react on things that happened to them. There is no such thing as neutrality.

The same thing as education. There is no such neutral curriculum. The curriculum has to be influenced or affected by the worldview of the maker. How the curriculum view the roles of the teacher and school, how the curriculum approach the students, they all must be affected by certain worldview or perspective.

Education itself, once again, is more than just a process of imparting knowledge, it is about humanizing human beings. We seek out to helping the students to be able to take part in the society, and even more to function at their best to contribute to the world. The question then arises, what kind of education that we, Indonesian people, need? Indonesia has been a very complex country with all of the complicated problems and things happened within itself. What do we need? Where things seem too difficult to be fixed? What kind of education that we really need to help Indonesia to grow and be a better country?

We need more than just people who know everything. We need people who can at least do one thing to make Indonesia, and even bigger this world, a better place. Curriculum that only seeks out the students to excel in academic thing and urges the students to compete for straight A’s is not what we need. We don’t need people that can recite everything written on the textbooks. We need people that can apply what they read on textbook to real life. Real world. Real situation.

Too many smart people, again, like I’ve explained earlier, they are too busy collecting cash, buying more stuff, being too consumptive.

But look at some other people…

ricardo hutahaean

Ricardo Hutahaean. A social activist that has been devoting his life fighting for civilian rights for the people in Jakarta’s suburban. Fighting for something that has never been fought by so-called care people who actually only care about themselves.

butet manurung

Butet Manurung. An educational activist that has been spending years living and teaching the kids of remote tribes, Suku Anak Dalam, in Jambi. She has experienced living in a jungle, doing what other smart people think as, maybe, something stupid.

I believe that there are more people out there doing something greater like these people. Some other people that we might never know, because the do live far away from the spotlight of this world. But they do make the difference and give their best contribution for this country. See? We need more than just smart people. We need people with the heart for the good of others.

The questions are ours to answer..

Why even are we here?

What is the reason of our very existence?

Unless you see from the right angle, you’ll find yourself in a wrong reflection.

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Last Christmas as college student :)

Turning on my computer tonight.. Staring at the screen and trying to get something to share. Something to write again. I opened up my photo collection. *aha* I got something to share now! Hahaha 😀

This year, is my last year in college. My last Christmas also as a college student. Knowing that next year, by July, I will officially be a teacher. man, I’m gonna have my own students. I’ll be having my own classroom, and where will it be? I don’t know yet..

But I think that it will be good to have some pictures to remember.. My last Christmas celebrations as college students.. Here they are 🙂

November 30, 2012

UPH College Dorm Christmas Celebration! 😀

UPHC Dorm Crew

My first official picture with the whole crew of UPH College Dormitory! 😀

It is real good to be back and serve again! 😀

 riska's girls

From left to right: Tasya, Sherly, me, Shella, Gratia, Evelyn!

Three of my girls this year were my girls from last year! 😀 too bad that some were missing that day 😦

December 10, 2012

Teachers College 2009 Christmas Celebration

Our last Christmas together as a whole batch..

Next year? We don’t know yet 😉

TC 2009

Immanuel! God is with us 😀

December 13, 2012

UPH College Dormitory Crew Christmas Ice Cream

Jimmy, our Residence Life Mentor invited the whole crew of our dorm to come to have some ice cream and Christmas presents!

the presents

He even had the cute simple Christmas tree to put the presents under it 😀

 SPV-RA-RLM Christmas

Raise your present!! Look to the cam, and SMILE!! 😀

At the same day, we celebrated Lydia’s birthday, UPHC Girls Residence Assistant 😀

the girls and their presents

Lydia got the most presents! She got a rainbow cake, some stationery stuff, a birthday card, and a new agenda with gold wrapping paper! *Happy birthday, Lydia!*

Well, I never know where life will bring me next year.. But one thing for sure, God can’t make a mistake, can He?

Almost four years.. I am almost done with the series of college years.. Time flies. Too fast?

Not more not less, just enough.

“’Tis not the eating, nor ’tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess” -John Selden

Couldn’t be more agree with this saying. I have eaten too much food today and I felt so full, more than that, I feel so dull.

It’s really good to be home. It’s good that we are blessed with many food to eat. It’s good that my mom has that talent to cook those raw ingredients to become amazing food. It’s also good to be blessed by a brain, that can be used to be wise. Even for what to eat and how much to eat.

Yes, that is super right, not the eating nor the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess.

*sigh*

Thesis: heaven or hell?

Some universities require their students to write a thesis as their final paper to graduate. My school is one of the universities that have the same requirement. Well, I think most of Indonesian universities have the same requirement. I am now a senior student majoring in Biology education in Universitas Pelita Harapan, Karawaci, Indonesia, and now writing my thesis. Each faculty has its own procedure for its students to write their thesis. In my faculty, all seniors have to firstly have their internship in schools (as we call as student-teaching). During the time of the student-teaching, all students are required to conduct what we call as Classroom Action Research, one of the methodologies commonly used in educational research. This Classroom Action Research that we have at the end of our student-teaching will be our topic of our thesis.

I once heard a very good advice from one of my lecturers

For thesis, make sure you write something that you love. Something that you are interested. Something that you like to talk about.

Writing a thesis, well, for me is like dating. Hahaha. If you asked my friends about this maybe they would agree with me. Writing a thesis you will need to read more about your topic, it’s like getting to know your date, right? You study your topic. You read about your topic. You think about it. You try to get more info about it. You’re just so into it. Both day and night.

Can you just imagine writing something that you don’t like? It’s like dating someone you actually don’t like. Oh, so bad.

Can you imagine reading books that you don’t even interested at all?? No man. Im not buying it.

I remember reading this saying once,

A loving woman finds heaven or hell on the day she is made a bride.

The same thing with writing the thesis, a senior finds heaven or hell on the day he chooses his thesis title. Hahaha.

So, for you who are writing thesis or maybe are about to write a thesis, make sure you choose what you love.

God bless us(translation: God be with seniors)

Best regards for seniors! Good luck finding your date, umm no, I meant your thesis title! 😉

Inspired to inspire

I have been so idle since I got home for Christmas last week. I thought, okay this is holiday, let me do whatever I want. I want to wake up as late as possible in the morning. I want to go to sleep as late as I want, I want to just watch some movies in my room without anyone disturbing. But then, I ended up as the most idle and unproductive person in the whole world.

Yesterday, I saw a challenge from Word Press daily post to write a post everyday for a week. And I feel challenged! And that is also why I am writing this post right now, hehehe.

Writing, for me, well, I am not a professional writer or something, I just write because I think that I have a very huge urge to share to people what’s in my mind.

I believe that every single thing, every time, every person that we meet in our lives, have something to tell us. Every day. It seems to me that each of them speaks to me every day, telling me lessons about life. Before having a blog, I learned things then I forgot because I don’t have any journal or record to keep. I told some of my closest people about what I have learnt but yeah, nothing’s better than having written records of them.

I am a storyteller. I like to tell stories to people. Even more, maybe my friends have become so sick of my stories because sometimes I repeat them. Well, not sometimes, but most of  the times, or yeah I think all the time. Hahaha. I am a kind of person that when I found something inspiring, interesting, or even hilarious, I can’t help myself to not sharing that to others. Maybe that’s why I want to be a teacher. a biology teacher to be specific. This started to grow when I was doing my student-teaching in Sekolah Pelita Harapan International Sentul City Bogor. I met my teacher mentor and she was such an inspiration for me. She does more than teaching to her students, she inspires her students. She can bring her students to even find God, through Biology, without even reciting a verse from the Bible. She helped me a lot to really understand what it means to inspire my students, and she told me that

“We can never inspire our students without firstly being inspired”

Later I will share more about the Biology wonder to all of you! 😀

And then yeah, I started out my blog back then in August 2012. I might not be able to speak directly to the world about what I think, what I have in mind, or what I have learnt from things that I see every day. But I surely can write and share it to the people.. With only one hope in my mind, that more people can be inspired and even blessed by what I write. Thanks to God, who has allowed me to learn from many things I see, even from little things like bubbles until the precious people around me.

 inspiration

I believe that everything we see daily, every person we meet day to day, can be our sources of inspiration. All we need to do is look closer… once we’re inspired, that fire in our heart can never be put down to start inspiring others too 🙂

Be blessed people! Have a very merry Christmas (again) 🙂

Hey, it’s Christmas! :D (Part 2)

yes, Christmas is coming! 😀

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the front cover. you can just open the lace, and see what’s inside 🙂

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again, yes. Christ is the reason for the season. He is the one that we are celebrating. He is the reason why we are waiting.

once again, have yourself a very merry Christmas! 🙂

May Christ be the reason, for your Christmas season!

Hey, it’s Christmas! :D (Part 1)

Christmas is coming!!

cover

open the lace, get into the first page 🙂

page 1

page 1

page 2

page 2

page 3

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back cover

the back cover.

and yes, Christ is the reason for the season. not the gifts, nor the Christmas trees.

let’s put Christ back to where he is supposed to be. the reason for our celebration, the reason for the season.

have a very merry Christmas, everyone!