"Since 2003, public school parents, children, educators, and community members have endured a dictatorial public education reform agenda that has ignored and marginalized their voices and has undermined and destabilized the schools they depend on, love, and serve. The departure of Cathleen Black highlights the incompetence, arrogance, and political nature of Bloomberg’s educational agenda; this is not about children first, but rather a blind belief in the corporate reform movement propelled by a centralized, top down system that has been destructive for our schools and our children."
"It is time for a break in the power structure that has a strangle hold on our public education system; it is time for parents, children, educators and communities to have a say in the education of their 1.2 million school children."
Ref: Grassroots Education Movement (NYC)
"The incompetence, arrogance, and political nature", seemingly never-ending issues in education, in any state or country. One significant difference here in Indonesia is that it is at the national level and approximately 50 million students are effected. Education always seems to be a favorite football in the political arena.
One of the most significant consequences for students and parents here in Indonesia is that because of the continually changing political and education agends focus upon the key issues that determine the quality of education, very grassroots issues, have been let slide far too far.
Besides these issues we face a multitude of other issues that effect education development....
Tens of thousands of schools are in very poor condition and many classrooms are collapsing, including 70% of the schools in Jakarta, 30,000 villages are not connected To Electricity, 55 million people in our country do not have "access" to safe water supplies, Corruption Is In All Levels Of Education Implementation, Our National Exam Doesn't Encourage Creativity in Learning, we need to Stop The Curriculum Disadvantaging Our Students, 70% of Our High-School Graduates are Looking For Work Without Skills Training, Teacher Skills Need to Be Improved, Thousands of Children with a Disability are not Being Looked After, Quality Education Is Only For The Rich, and .........
At our methodology sites we provide many examples, links to useful information, and manuals at our downloads page however we believe that many more teachers will begin to participate in the process if it is broken down into simpler, more visual stages that will hopefully stimulate a more rapid understanding of the basic issues, and more rapid movement nationally towards implementation of basic and effective learning methodologies. It is also hoped that teachers will more rapidly come to identify and focus upon strategies that will lead to Personal Development, and the development of Creative, innovative, and Independant Learners (develop the individual).
We are attempting to help teachers by providing simple steps that they can begin to implement (integrate) into their current methodologies without disturbing existing learning programs, merely by the addition of strategies that will lead to more effective learning within those programs.
The key to achieving high-quality education is Active-Learning (Student Centred) that is Contextual (Has Meaning and Useful Outcomes - Relevance).
Once teachers have tried some of the steps provided and feel like they want to learn more about PAKEM (Active, Creative, Joyful and Effective Learning), or further want to develop themselves as professional teachers they can access further information and training (which has been fully tested in the field) from the PDF provided.
We are currently developing sites for each individual education sector.
However, we recommend that teachers try to integrate thr strategies into their existing teaching strategies and learning programs before reading the PDF documents provided. As is the case with our students, "Nothing Succeeds Like Success", we also believe that once teachers have experienced the excitement and rewards that come from trying the integration steps they will more eagerly embrace the challenges of implementing "Active, Creative, Joyful and Effective Learning" in their classrooms..
Post Congress IGI 21-23 June, 2011, We Need To Ask...
When Will Our Teachers Become Professionals If We Continually Spoon-Feed Them?
Do We Need A New Paradigm For Teacher Training?|
The old Paradigm Appears To Be Failing Us, Correct?
Do Our Teachers Really Need To Be Continually Spoon-Fed?
Can't Indonesian Teachers Learn Independently, Why?
Are There Perhaps Other Strategies That Are More Effective and Efficient?
Clearly, if we are going to formulate a holistic program for improving the quality of education in Indonesia we must be certain that the strategies that we adopt address the whole spectum of issues for all students (over 50,000,000 - 50 million) in Indonesia.
However, the main priorities must be the establishment of learning environments that are safe and conducive for learning (including electricity and clean water supplies) in all schools (almost 300,000 schools), and we urgently need to implement methodology based upon Active and Contextual Learning in order to produce the talented individuals that we need to address the myriad of issues confronting this country.
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& Site Commenced
9th of July, 2011