Encouragement

Berikut tulisan dari Rhenald Kasali. Patut direnungkan, terutama oleh orang tua dan para dosen/guru di Indonesia.

Encouragement

by Rhenald Kasali

 Thursday, 15 July 2010

LIMA belas tahun lalu saya pernah mengajukan protes pada guru sebuah sekolah tempat anak saya belajar di Amerika Serikat. Masalahnya, karangan berbahasa Inggris yang ditulis anak saya seadanya itu telah diberi nilai E (excellence) yang artinya sempurna, hebat,bagus sekali. Padahal dia baru saja tiba di Amerika dan baru mulai belajar bahasa. Karangan yang dia tulis sehari sebelumnya itu pernah ditunjukkan kepada saya dan saya mencemaskan kemampuan verbalnya yang terbatas. Menurut saya tulisan itu buruk, logikanya sangat sederhana. Saya memintanya memperbaiki kembali,sampai dia menyerah.Rupanya karangan itulah yang diserahkan anak saya kepada gurunya dan bukan diberi nilai buruk, malah dipuji. Ada apa? Apa tidak salah memberi nilai? Bukankah pendidikan memerlukan kesungguhan? Kalau begini saja sudah diberi nilai tinggi, saya khawatir anak saya cepat puas diri. Sewaktu saya protes, ibu guru yang menerima saya hanya bertanya singkat. “Maaf Bapak dari mana?” “Dari Indonesia,” jawab saya.Dia pun tersenyum.

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Heaven and Hell

I got this story from one of my friends in Australia. It is a good and inspiring one. Especially for reminding us the importance of working together and mutual respect.

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A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, ‘Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.’ The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell.’

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11 Things kids did not and will not learn in school

There is one nice article worth to share. Some said it is from Bill Gates although it may actually from an author named Charles J.Sykes. Regardless who is the source, it is a good enlightment for us.

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Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology or Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft) is one of the best technical universities in the world. It is among the top 20 in the world based on technology category according to the 2008 Times Higher Education ranking system. It is also a member of IDEA League that consists of four top technical universities in Europe, which are Imperial College London, RWTH Aachen, ETH Zurich, and TU Delft. Located in the small beautiful town of Delft, The Netherlands, the university was built in 1842 and ever since it became the most prestigious technical university in the country. Currently, it has more than 13000 students, 2000 scientists including 200 professors. There are eight faculties in TU Delft. TU Delft is very strong in many field of expertises including architecture, civil engineering, robotics, solar energy, aeronautics, chemical engineering, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

The grass roof of TU Delft Library

The grass roof of TU Delft Library

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The reasons behind the Indonesian Pornography Bill (with comments)

Often people wonder why many political parties in Indonesia try to force the pornography bill. Also, do Indonesians need such a law?

There are several reasons why the proponents believe this bill. I add my comment on each of them.

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The negative impacts of Indonesian Pornography Act

In the coming weeks, Indonesian House of Representative (DPR) will pass the long debated Pornography Bill. The detail can be read in:

Bahasa Indonesia: http://www.indonesiamatters.com/2465/pornography-laws/

or http://www.detiknews.com/read/2008/09/16/080110/1006768/10/inilah-isi-ruu-pornografi

English: http://rimafauzi.com/blogs/?p=791

The most dangerous part of this bill is the definition of the pornography. According to wikipedia, the common definition is the explicit depiction of sexual subject matter with the sole intention of sexually exciting the viewer. So, the keyword is explicit depiction.

However, the definition in the Indonesian bill:

Bahasa Indonesia:

Pornografi adalah materi seksualitas yang dibuat oleh manusia dalam bentuk gambar, sketsa, ilustrasi, foto, tulisan, suara, bunyi, gambar bergerak, animasi, kartun, syair, percakapan, gerak tubuh, atau bentuk pesan komunikasi lain melalui berbagai bentuk media komunikasi dan/atau pertunjukan di muka umum, yang dapat membangkitkan hasrat seksual dan/atau melanggar nilai-nilai kesusilaan dalam masyarakat.

English:

Pornography is a material of sexuality made by humans  in the form of pictures, sketch, illustration, photo, writing, noise , moving picture, animation, cartoon, poetry, conversation, body language or another form of communication through many kinds of media and/or public showing of something that will result in a sexual desire and/or breaking acceptable moral norms in the society.

Hence, it is both explicit and implicit. With this, each person could have very different interpretation.

Several negatif impacts expected:

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The positive aspects of Asian education system

Having mention the positive aspects of the Western education system, now we need also to see what the good things offered by the Asian system.

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