Friday, January 25, 2013

Realizing the Character Education Qualified

At the level of theory, character education is very promising for answering the question of education in Indonesia. However, the level of practice, there is often bias in its application. But as an effort, character education must be a program that is measurable accomplishments. Talk about measurement means there should be measuring tool, measuring instrument if mathematics education is clear, if you value above exam strandard graduation meant he could. Well, what about character education?

If given about the character of the education problem is not actually measure the real situation. For example, if you meet people who are lost in the middle of the road and do not have the money to continue perjalananya what you do? To test scores good results then the answer is to help people, either giving money or take her to the destination. My question is, if this is really happening is going to happen as theory? As exam answers? So what gauge of character education? Of observation, along with the desired behavioral indicators. For example, observing a student in class for a particular subject, of course, the student does not know when he's in the observation. Well, we can define an indicator if he has good behavior when the teacher explained, suppose listen carefully, no fuss and a complete record. Easy is not it? And this should be compared with a number of situations, not just in the classroom alone. There are many ways to measure this, use your creativity and humility to learn more leverage so that this measurement is perfect.

Form the character of students is not an easy and quick effort. It requires continuous efforts and deep reflection to create a series of Moral Choice (moral judgment) to be followed up with concrete action, making it practical and reflective. Needed some time to make those custom (habit) and form the character or nature of a person. According to Helen Keller (deaf-blind man first graduating cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1904) "Character can not be develop in ease and quite. Only through experience of trial and Suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success Achieved ".

Besides launching character education course is intended to be one of the answers to the various problems facing the nation that is currently widely seen, heard and felt, where many problems arise in identifying the source of the failure of education in injecting moral values ​​to students. This is certainly very appropriate, because the purpose of education is not only the birth of intelligent beings, but also creates a strong character man. As said Dr. Martin Luther King, that "intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education" (intelligence character is the ultimate goal of true education).

Many things can be done to realize the character education in schools. The concept of character is not quite serve as a point in the syllabus and plan the implementation of learning in schools, but it should be more than that, run and practiced. Begin by learning to obey the school rules, and enforce it in the discipline. Schools should make character education as a value system that thrive in school embodied in examples and real appeal exhibited by teachers and school staff in the daily activities at school.

On the other hand, character education is an effort that must involve all stakeholders in education, whether the family, the school and the school environment and the wider community. Therefore, the first step you need to do is to rebuild education partnerships and networks that seem to be breaking down among the three stakeholders in the school nearest the teachers, families and communities. Establishment and character education is not going to work for an educational environment among stakeholders there is no continuity and harmony. Thus, households and families as the formation and character education first and foremost must be improved which is further supported by the environment and learning conditions in schools that reinforce the cycle of creation. In addition, not least the importance of education in society. Communities also greatly affect the character and disposition of a person. Public environment greatly affects the success of planting ethical values, aesthetic to the formation of character. According Qurais Shihab (1996; 321), social situation with the value system espoused, influence the attitudes and perspectives of society as a whole. If the system of values ​​and their view is limited to the present and here, the efforts and ambitions are limited to the same thing.

Want to achieve a quality character education? So the key is described above, there is a true gauge so that no evaluation and know what needs fixing, there are three essential components (teachers, families and communities) in order merelaisasikan character education actually takes place not only discourse without action. Remember, character education through school, not merely the learning of knowledge per se, but more than that, the cultivation of moral, ethical values, aesthetic, noble manners. And the most important is the practice after the information given and done with school discipline by each element.

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