First of all, I am not an education expert. This writing is based on experience and mostly, assumptions. I am not a lifetime learner I want to have double or triple degree after my name. I believe I don't have enough space in my brain to commit myself for another long-term study. My neurons died long ago. This writing is a piece from a mother who is still looking for best alternatives for his son's education.
Here the story goes.
I have a son who is going to
enter his early education program in the near future. He is four now. Based
on some literatures I read, age of 5 is the ideal age to get formal
education. So... yeah, I basically have another 6 months before he
reaches the age of 5 but I practically have lesser than 4 months to
decide which school he'll be joining.
I don't know, much, about education and its system in
this country. But I do know exactly what I don't want. That is, I don't
want my son to get stressed about his school things. I don't want my son
to be like me, grew up in favorite public schools ended up asking what
kind of values I have learned at school and why did I have to learn so
many useless subjects.
That is why, from Titan was 2, I
kept looking for alternative solutions. Alternative education. And up
to this moment, my mind sticks to a school that offers me different thing compare to other schools. I fell in love with this school since the first time I came to its open house long ago. I think, still it is the best of the rest but it doesn't mean I stop looking for alternatives.
Unfortunately, alternative education in
Indonesia is expensive by all means. Although not every expensive
schools are good in quality.
actually believe in home-schooling, and my son loves to learn at home as
well and he actually asked for it. Even though I love teaching, but the
idea home-schooling is still an odd idea to be applied in Indonesia.
Like other unpredictable factor in this country, education has never had
a fixed system as well. Hence, I kinda reluctant for the home-schooling
thingy. To add with, I still have to be a full-time worker so it is
impossible for me to teach my son at home. Why bother home-schooling if I
need to pay a home-schooling teacher, may as well my son goes to
My search of better education varied from islamic school,
catholic school, reputable public school and some private schools that
is not based on religion. But then I got this thought that I want my son
to grow in a neutral environment and let the religion be part of his
daily practical life. Not as rituals or dogma he needs to do only
because the teacher will give him bad marks when he fails. To add with,
Islamic school has so many 'ujian praktek' which actually ... annoying.
school? Sorry, but I don't believe the system, specially its early
education system. They are pushing their students too much but not
providing sufficient teachers. National curriculum but taught by
indonesian-english teachers who have awful grammars. So many
uncorrelated subjects. Development is judged my grades. Unhealthy
So, here comes the last choice ... national
plus schools and their toppings. Those bla plus bla plus bla plus that makes me
dizzy and when I am dizzy things get even more complicated specially for
my wallet. Aha!
I only want a school that can make the student love to
learn. I only want a school that will dig the inner potential of a
child. Have I asked too much?
Well, ... yeah ... I know
... I realized that the simpler the checklists are; the harder it gets.
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