Friday, October 17, 2014

Look Up

Part 2

So look up from your phone, shut down the display
Take in your surroundings, make the most of today
Just one real connection is all it can take
To show you the difference that being there can make.

Be there in the moment, that she gives you the look
That you remember forever as when love overtook
The time she first held your hand, or first kissed your lips
The time you first disagreed but you still love her to bits

The time you don't have to tell hundreds of what you've just done
Because you want to share this moment with just this one
The time you sell your computer, so you can buy a ring
For the girl of your dreams, who is now the real thing.

The time you want to start a family, and the moment when
You first hold your little girl, and get to fall in love again.
The time she keeps you up at night, and all you want is rest
And the time you wipe away the tears as your baby flees the nest.

The time your baby girl returns, with a boy for you to hold
And the time he calls you granddad and makes you feel real old.
The time you've taken all you've made, just by giving life attention.
And how you're glad you didn't waste it, by looking down at some invention.

The time you hold your wife's hand, sit down beside her bed,
You tell her that you love her and lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly as her heart gives a final beat
That she's lucky she got stopped by that lost boy in the street.

But none of these times ever happened, you never had any of this.
When you're too busy looking down, you don't see the chances you miss.
So look up from your phone, shut down those displays
We have a final act existence, a set number of days

Don't waste your life getting caught in the net,
As when the end comes nothing's worse than regret.
I'm guilty too of being part of this machine,
This digital world, we are heard but not seen.

Where we type as we talk, and we read as we chat
Where we spend hours together without making eye contact
So don't give into a life where you follow the hype
Give people your love, don't give them your 'like'

Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
Go out into the world, leave distractions behind.
Look up from your phone. Shut down that display.
Stop watching this video. Live life the real way.


(Part 2 of 2, source: www.film-english.com)

Look UP

I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.
I speak to all of them every day, yet none of them really know me.
The problem I have sits in the spaces between
Looking into their eyes, or at a name on a screen.
video

I took a step back and opened my eyes,
I looked around and realised,
That this media we call social is anything but
When we open our computers and it's our doors we shut

All this technology we have, it's just an illusion
Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
But when you step away from this device of delusion
You awaken to see a world of confusion.

A world where we're slaves to the technology we mastered
Where information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard
A world of self-interest, self-image and self-promotion
Where we all share our best bits but, leave out the emotion.

We're at our most happy with an experience we share,
But is it the same if no-one is there?
Be there for your friends and they'll be there too,
But no-one will be if a group message will do.

We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation
We pretend not to notice the social isolation
We put our words into order and tint our lives a-glistening
We don't even know if anyone is listening.

Being alone isn't a problem let me just emphasize
If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise
You're being productive and present, not reserved and recluse
You're being awake and attentive and putting your time to good use.

So when you're in public, and you start to feel alone
Put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone
You don't need to stare at the menu, or at your contact list
Just talk to one another, learn to co-exist.

I can't stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train
When no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane.
We're becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
To engage with one another, and look into someone's eyes.

We're surrounded by children, who since they were born,
Have watched us living like robots, who now think it's the norm.
It's not very likely you'll make world's greatest dad,
If you can't entertain a child without using an iPad

When I was a child, I'd never be home
Be out with my friends, on our bikes we'd roam
I'd wear holes in my trainers, and graze up my knees
We'd build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees

Now the park's so quiet, it gives me a chill
See no children outside and the swings hanging still.
There's no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple

We're a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.

(Part 1 of 2, source: www.film-english.com)

Friday, October 3, 2014

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Inilah rupanya PR yang mengguncang jagad persekolahan itu!
Sudah lama saya mencela prosedur pembelajaran matematika yang lazim berlaku di kelas-kelas kita.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ketika Valedictorian Menggugat Sistem Pendidikan di Negerinya

Inilah Sikap Saya1)
Erica Goldson
(seorang valedictorian2) sebuah SMA di AS)

Alkisah, seorang murid Zen3)—yang masih muda namun ulet—menghampiri gurunya dan bertanya, “Jika saya bekerja sangat keras dan rajin, berapa lama waktu yang saya butuhkan untuk mencapai Zen?” Sang Guru berpikir sejenak, kemudian menjawab, “Sepuluh tahun.” Si murid bertanya lagi, “Bagaimana kalau saya bekerja sangat, sangat keras dan memaksa diri saya untuk belajar dengan cepat, berapa lama waktu yang saya butuhkan?” Jawab sang Guru, “Ya, dua puluh tahun.” “Lalu, jika saya benar-benar, sungguh-sungguh melakukannya, berapa lama?” tanya si murid lagi. “Tiga puluh tahun,” jawab sang Guru. “Duh, saya tidak mengerti,” keluh si murid, yang tampak mulai kesal. “Setiap kali saya menyatakan bahwa saya akan bekerja lebih keras, justru Anda katakan waktu yang saya butuhkan lebih lama. Kenapa Anda berkata begitu?” Jawab sang Guru, “Bila Anda arahkan tatapan salah satu mata ke tujuan, maka tinggal satu mata Anda yang tertuju ke jalan.”
Inilah dilema yang saya hadapi di dalam sistem pendidikan Amerika. Kita terlalu terpaku pada tujuan, entah agar lulus tes atau lulus tercepat di kelas kita. Namun, dengan cara begini, justru kita tidak benar-benar belajar. Kita lakukan apa saja demi mencapai tujuan belaka.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mengintip Dapur Pendadaran Guru Finlandia (Bagian 2 - Habis)

Tempaan yang Paripurna
Kandidat yang lolos seleksi kemudian menempuh pendidikan guru secara ketat, dengan biaya sepenuhnya ditanggung Pemerintah. Guru SD, SMP, dan SMA harus berkualifikasi magister (S2), sedangkan guru PAUD harus sarjana (S1). Pendidikan guru di Finlandia menerapkan program mayor-minor. Pada jenjang S1, mahasiswa menyelesaikan beban studi 180 kredit (SKS), dan S2 120 SKS. Tidak ada alternatif lain untuk memperoleh sertifikat guru. Ijazah yang diterbitkan oleh universitas itu sekaligus berfungsi sebagai lisensi mengajar.
Selaian jurusan PAUD, calon guru PAUD juga bisa mengambil program mayor di jurusan pekerjaan sosial, dengan syarat yang 60 SKS merupakan mata kuliah ke-PAUD-an dan pedagogi sosial. Mahasiswa calon guru SD pada jenjang S1 mengambil jurusan pendidikan guru kelas, di mana mereka dituntut menguasai materi seluruh bidang studi inti yang diajarkan di SD beserta didaktik dan metodiknya. Pada jenjang S2, mereka bisa mengambil jurusan ilmu pendidikan atau bisa juga mengambil spesialisasi pendidikan khusus—persiapan untuk mengajar siswa-siswa berkebutuhan khusus. Kandidat guru SMP dan SMA/K mengambil program mayor pada satu bidang studi tertentu dan minornya pada bidang studi yang lain—boleh satu atau dua.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mengintip Dapur Pendadaran Guru di Finlandia (Bagian 1)

(Refleksi Hari Guru Nasional)

Senin lusa, 25 November 2013, bangsa kita memperingati Hari Guru Nasional (HGN). Memang, sebagai wujud apresiasi terhadap jasa profesi yang satu ini, hampir setiap negara di dunia memiliki hari guru nasional masing-masing. Bahkan, di tingkat dunia pun ada Hari Guru Internasional, yang jatuh pada 5 Oktober (di negara kita tentu kalah tenar oleh peringatan Hari TNI, yang jatuh pada tanggal yang sama).
Mengawali renungan ini, sejenak kita simak penggalan sambutan Mendikbud dalam peringatan HGN 2013 dan HUT ke-68 PGRI seperti dikutip berikut ini.
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Kalau kita cermati struktur penduduk kita pada tahun 2010, terdapat 46 juta anak usia 0 sampai 9 tahun dan 44 juta anak usia 10 sampai 19 tahun. Jadi, sekarang ini kalau kita ingin mempersiapkan generasi 2045, tidak ada pilihan lain kecuali harus memperkuat layanan, baik akses maupun kualitas pendidikan kita, mulai dari pendidikan anak usia dini (PAUD), pendidikan dasar, pendidikan menengah, dan pendidikan tinggi. Pada tahun 2045, mereka akan berusia 35 sampai 44 tahun dan 45 sampai 55 tahun. Merekalah yang akan memimpin dan mengelola bangsa dan negara yang kita cintai ini. Mereka harus kita bekali dengan pengetahuan, keterampilan, dan sikap sesuai dengan zamannya. Mereka harus memiliki kemampuan berpikir orde tinggi, kreatif, inovatif, berkepribadian mulia, dan cinta pada tanah air, serta bangga menjadi orang Indonesia, sebagaimana yang digagas dalam Kurikulum 2013.
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Look Up

Part 2 So look up from your phone, shut down the display Take in your surroundings, make the most of today Just one real connectio...