[in Bahasa Indonesia] Penerapan Sekolah 5 Hari

Setelah ditelusuri, ternyata opini untuk menerapkan sekolah 5 hari dengan durasi belajar 40 jam seminggu/8 jam sehari mulai tahun ajaran 2017-2018 sudah lumayan lama juga ya keluar, dan saya baru dengar beritanya tadi pagi di radio saat perjalanan ke kantor. Memang keterlaluan anak satu ini, mentang-mentang sudah lulus dari sekolah jadi tidak care lagi dengan perkembangan dunia pendidikan. *lebay*

Mau ga mau saya jadi bernostalgia soal jam sekolah saya jaman dulu. Kebetulan di Indonesia ini tiap ganti menteri pendidikan (tiap kabinet namanya ganti-ganti, mulai dari mendikbud, mendiknas, sampe balik lagi mendikbud), kurikulum sekolah juga pasti ganti. Otomatis, kebijakan soal cara penilaian siswa sampe buku pelajaran yang dipake pasti ganti (dan sayangnya lagi, jarak umur antara saya dan adik saya pas 5 tahun, jadi orangtua kami ga bisa berhemat secara buku yang saya pake ga bisa dipake lagi sama adik saya).

Masa sekolah paling bahagia itu tentunya TK. Sekolahnya sih memang Senin-Sabtu, tapi sistemnya pagi-siang (tiap bulan ganti), sekolah Senin-Jumat 2 jam 15 menit sehari dan Sabtu 1 jam 30 menit saja. Lanjut SD (yang menurut saya kelamaan, sampe-sampe pas kelas 5 saya udah mulai nanya ke nyokap: kapan lulus ya, lama amat sekolahnya?), kelas 1-2 masih sistem pagi-siang dengan durasi yang lebih lama, Senin-Sabtu 2 jam 30 menit sehari, dan kelas 3-6 sekolah seharian (awal-awal kelas 3 rasanya sekolah itu lamaaaaa banget), Senin-Jumat jam 7.00-12.10 dan Sabtu jam 7.00-11.00. Lulus SD, saya sebenernya pengen lanjut ke SMP di negeri sebelah (alias SMP lain, karena TK-SD saya di sekolah yang sama, jadi bosen ketemu lingkungan dan teman-teman yang itu-itu aja), tapi apa daya kepentok ijin. Waktu itu bokap merasa saya masih terlalu kecil untuk dilepas ke sekolah yang jauh, jadi terpaksa saya lanjut lagi di SMP yang sama. Jam sekolahnya Senin-Jumat jam 7.00-13.30 dan Sabtu jam 7.00-11.00, dengan tambahan ekskul dan bimbingan 1-2 kali seminggu jadi pulang jam 4 sore (saya ga pernah ikut ekskul yang ga wajib karena males pulang sore). Tidak ada kendala yang berarti selama SMP, selain masalah psikologis masa puber yang bikin saya dan teman-teman galau ganjen norak nakal (kalau dilihat dari kacamata saat ini).

Lulus SMP, akhirnya saya diijinkan masuk ke SMA yang saya mau, dengan pertimbangan SMA yang bagus menentukan universitas yang bisa ditembus. Jam sekolah masih sama seperti waktu SMP, juga dengan komposisi ekskul dan bimbingan yang sama. Yang paling berkesan dari masa SMA adalah ternyata SMA saya termasuk SMA unggulan, ga cuma di Jakarta tapi di Indonesia, sampe-sampe kepilih jadi SMA percontohan si kurikulum baru (saat itu, tahun 2002), Kurikulum Berbasis Kompetensi (KBK). Yang paling berubah dari KBK ini adalah sistem penilaian (dan libur) yang tadinya per caturwulan (cawu)/4 bulanan, jadi kaya anak-anak kuliahan, per semester/6 bulanan, dan nilai di raport tidak boleh dibawah 7,5 (saat kelas 1-2) dan 8 (kelas 12). Ya, sistem kelas pun berubah saat naik dari kelas 2 ke kelas 3, karena saat saya kelas 3, KBK mulai diterapkan di semua sekolah lain di Indonesia (atau baru Jakarta ya?), dan sistem penomoran kelas yang tadinya 1-6 SD – 1-3 SMP – 1-3 SMA, diubah jadi kelas 1-12.

Saya inget banget, saat saya SMA itu, saya tiap hari Senin-Jumat pulang jam 13.30 (KBK ini emang sekolahnya cuma 5 hari seminggu) dan hari Sabtu diisi ekskul, sementara temen-temen di sekolah lain rata-rata pulangnya jam 15.30 dan sebagian hari Sabtu masih belajar juga, dan sebagian besar mereka bilang saya enak banget bisa pulang cepet. Saya sih cuma ketawa aja waktu itu, sambil dalam hati setengah menggerutu: apa enaknya?! Loe enak pulang sekolah sore masih sempet main-main, sementara gue begitu sampe rumah harus buru-buru buka PR dan belajar untuk ulangan. Yes, sekolah saya se-nggak santai itu. Disiplinnya amit-amit, pelajarannya intens banget sampe-sampe mau ijin sakit aja mikir 1000 kali (ga masuk 1 hari = ketinggalan pelajaran jauh banget), jadwal ulangan umumnya selalu lebih cepet seminggu dari sekolah lain dan saat anak sekolah lain sibuk ulangan umum, kami pun sibuk dengan pelatihan-pelatihan yang dirancang sama sekolah buat siswinya (mulai dari pelatihan jurnalistik sampe narkoba udah pernah dijabanin deh), dan pelit banget buat ngasih libur (trust me, even jaman-jaman force majeure macam banjir ato demo gede-gedean pun teteeeepp guru-guru rajin kasih tugas buat dikerjain di rumah.. baru saat itu saya ngerasain ‘belajar di rumah’ as in bener-bener belajar dan ga libur).

Jadi menurut saya, diterapkan atau tidaknya aturan sekolah 5 hari seminggu ini betul-betul tergantung dari sekolah masing-masing. Tujuan utamanya kan katanya biar baik guru maupun murid bisa benar-benar memanfaatkan waktu libur akhir pekan untuk keluarga, tapi ya semua tergantung kebijakan sekolah juga. Kalau sudah ditetapkan 5 hari seminggu 8 jam sehari sekolah, harus dipikirkan juga gimana biar anak-anak ga tertekan, apalagi kalau guru-guru masih membebani dengan PR dan ulangan. Yang ada nanti kualitas pendidikan ga membaik, waktu kualitas dengan orangtua juga ga tercapai, ditambah lagi muridnya stress.

*Semoga kualitas pendidikan Indonesia bisa semakin ditingkatkan lagi, terutama dalam era globalisasi ini, agar para pendidik juga bisa memberikan pandangan yang luas kepada para murid sambil mendorong agar murid mau ikut berpartisipasi aktif dalam mengemukakan pendapat di depan umum.

*Bersyukurlah anak-anak jaman sekarang karena populasi guru killer sudah menurun drastis dibanding jaman saya sekolah dulu.

*Setelah hampir 3 tahun ga nge-blog pake bahasa Indonesia, ternyata kangen juga dan lumayan bisa mengalir lancar tulisannya.

about surviving life

I’m someone who believes that life is given to us free, but it will be taken back after we spend a lot of cost. Life itself is a gift from God – we are born to this world unconsciously, simply because God wants us to be part of the world. How we spend our lifetime is our gift to God.

Life is never easy for those who dream, they said. I cannot agree more to that. Dream is a never ending process that everyone has to go through as long as they live. As you’re growing, you’re getting older and experiencing more, you dream even more but with some other considerations. Your dream will always push you to survive all stages of life. That’s why they always tell you to dream big.

Big question comes when you’re dying. What else to be dreamed about?

Religious would dream to have God save them, that He would give the best for them, that whatever their sickness leads to, it’s for their own best.

Realists would dream to find the diagnosis of their symptoms, that after they find out the cause, doctors and scientists would be able to cure them and bring them back to life. Even if they end up die, they’ve at least found out scientific explanation to the why’s.

Optimists would dream to get back their health soon, no matter how. They would definitely try all their best to find out how.

In order to survive life, one has to possess at least 1 of the above mentioned dreams. Strong will and faith are the most important things to survive life. I’ve seen some people from my family survived life several times before finally deceased, and some just couldn’t bear the pain and decided to give up. Whichever one you choose is totally your preference, as you are the master of your life (even though no one ever knows his own age). As the ones who are left alive, we as the family can only pray for the best for your soul and for us to be strong and continue our lives as we have to. To survive our own lives.

Rest In Peace

Rest In Peace

Goodbye, Ie.. you were the best auntie I ever had and I believe you are in a better place now. God loves you more than we do. We will never forget that smile of yours. 🙂

about time

If you’re thinking that I’m going to promote the last movie by Rachel McAdams, then you’re wrong because I haven’t watched the movie at all.

I thank God that I was given a chance to date a guy whose principle is “timing is everything“. During our relationship, we had this habit to always be honest and tell the truth to each other, at the right time. What does “the right time” mean? (Done with the past tense.) It means we have to see the situation of others before telling them the truth. Situation here includes, but not limited to, one’s mood, place and activities.

ImageI had this discussion with a friend last week regarding time (somehow I always have this absurd conversation with this friend but we enjoy it a lot 😛 and yes, he’s the same person with whom I talked “about the one“). At the end of discussion, we agreed that time is God’s game where we human play our roles. Our roles here mostly are active, meaning every little act and decision we make might shift the timing for every chained reaction related to our actions. However, there are things that might happen or might not if we decide to be passive.

ImageA good example here is my relationship case. I’ve written before about my parents’ disapproval of my plan to marry my then boyfriend. In approximately 5-6 months after we broke up, he decided to date another girl, and in approximately 2 months after, my parents changed their minds seeing me broken and sad. Now if only he hadn’t decided to commit into another relationship so quickly, maybe we’d been back into our initial plan of getting married. With the decision he’s made, we’re forced to have our own visions, to go our own ways. Time is a game. And our decisions determine our future. (And again I thank God for making him made the decision.)

goodbye to you…

I read a friend’s post several days ago saying (more or less):

It’s amazing how it works in life..Two strangers meet, become friends, then become lovers
And eventually back to being strangers

When I read those lines, I felt as if I was struck by a lightning.

Well, reality sucks. As soon as you find out that your ex SO has finally moved on from you, the lightning would feel 100x stronger. However, life goes on and time will eventually heal you. For the time being, while trying my best to happily live my life, I’ll listen to this song from 2006 which, by the way, lyrics I just really understand. Saying goodbye is hard, but it’s for the best for me. It will really be me, myself and I from this day onward. Yeah, goodbye to you…

 

Lyrics (from MetroLyrics):

Of all the things I’ve believed in
I just want to get it over with
Tears from behind my eyes but I do not cry
Counting the days pass me by

I’ve been searchin’ deep down in my soul
Words that I’m hearin’ are starting to get old
It feels like I’m startin’ all over again
The last three years were just pretend
And I said

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to everything that I knew
You were the one I loved
The one thing that I tried to hold onto

I still get lost in your eyes
And it seems that I can’t live a day without you
Closin’ my eyes and you chase my thoughts away
To a place where I am blinded by the light
But it’s not right, ahh

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to everything that I knew
You were the one I loved
The one thing that I tried to hold on to

And it hurts to want everything
And nothin’ at the same time
I want what’s yours and I want what’s mine
I want you but I’m not givin’ in this time

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to everything that I knew
You were the one I loved
The one thing that I tried to hold onto

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to everything I thought I knew
You were the one I loved
The one thing that I tried to hold onto
The one thing that I tried to hold onto

One thing that I tried to hold onto
And when the stars fall I will lie awake
You’re my shooting star

about being an entrepreneur

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entrepreneur

I gotta tell people for the billionth time that when I was younger and so naive, it was almost as if my future was drawn for me, beautifully, by my parents and all older people in the family (thank God (?) I don’t have older siblings). I was meant to graduate college, continue abroad for a post-grad degree, work for 5-10 years before I’d finally start my own company.

Only now, after almost 2 years of working if summed up (things don’t always happen the way they’re planned), I realized that people are destined differently. Everyone CAN be an entrepreneur, but it’s really a choice, and if everyone’s becoming an entrepreneur, who’s gonna help him run the company?

Over the years I’d realized that I’m more of the safe player type, rather than the risk taker. It takes a huge-hearted risk taker to be a successful entrepreneur. I’ve read some entrepreneurs’ success stories and almost all of them have had their down times. Failures are inevitable when it comes to business. It’s not like I won’t be able to endure all the failures – I’m pretty sure I’m still tough enough for that, it’s the fact that I’ll need to spend all my time for work that’s the hardest. Being a safe player, I like to have a balanced, peaceful life where I can totally separate work from life, which I wouldn’t be able to do if I were an entrepreneur.

I don’t really know what the future holds for me. For now, being an entrepreneur is like a really faraway dream. I’m not saying that I’m not going to be one, but I’m just not thinking about being one at the moment. I’m still new in a career’s life and I need to learn a lot from my seniors. Who knows one day I might be inspired to finally start my own business, once I’m confident that I have enough skills and networks, and find someone who’s willing to fund the business.

setting targets

If anyone asks me now what the most important thing in life is, my answer would be: setting your own life targets.

When we’re talking about life targets, most people will only set their targets for the most important aspect in their lives. What we actually need to do is to set targets for all life aspects: career, love, family, etc. Of course, after setting those targets, you are allowed to prioritize and adapt. Even a psychic cannot know what’s going to happen in the future, so it’s ok to update your targets once in a while. At least when you have your targets, you’ll know how your path’s gonna be.

I read in a magazine a while ago (I’m not the motivational book reader type) that writing your 5-year ahead targets down is the most effective way to make sure to keep yourself on track, hence I do. The key to setting down life targets is to make a balanced-life targets. For me, balance means I’ll have enough time to spend with friends and families in between work. It could be different for everybody. I have a friend who’d prefer to have a work-life integration where he’ll be able to work from home on the weekend.

Targets are not resolutions. People often misinterpret those 2 words as resolutions are also about what you want to achieve the future. In short, resolutions are things you expect to have over the time period (normally people set up a year resolutions), while targets are things you will be doing and achieve over the time period. It’s ok for a resolution not to be completed when the time ends, but it’s not ok for a target not to be completed.

Of course, certain things in life are out of your control. Office politics, the deceased, being sick are some examples of those things. When those things happen, what you have to do is to update and evaluate your life targets.

Wish you all the best with your life targets. 😉

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some aspects of life targets

about leaving things behind

I bumped into a relative last weekend in a mall (yeah, where else in Jakarta can you spend your weekend comfortably??) and I noticed that he has lost some part of his hair (his head hair, not the other hair). When I asked what happened, if maybe he’s been using the wrong hair products, he only replied with a weak tone: many things are going on at work lately, and I might have been thinking too much about it. I didn’t say anything to respond to that expression (well, seeing that he seemed so depressed and so on), other than “oooh.. that’s bad” as an expression of sympathy at that moment, but I have something else in mind.

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Work-life integration can lead to depression *at least for me 😛

In my relatively short working period, I’ve worked for 3 different companies. It’s not something to be proud of – I look a lot like a job-hopper and it’s not good for my image, but at least I learned something from the companies. The first company that I worked for was a multinational company, where the people tend to be very competitive. In short, one can even knock his friends down in order to be the best. Despite the competitiveness, I learned about professionalism from there. Yes, it’s true that people step on your head to reach the top, but they do that professionally (at least for most of them). We had a work-life balance there. Outside of work, we can be friends and laugh together, forgetting what’s happening at work. I believe it’s a good working environment, where I could leave all things work behind and not think a bit about it at home.

The second company that I worked for was a 180 degrees of the first. It was a local company, where work-life integration is the principle. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate or blame the company or the management. It’s the industry that shapes it. In that particular industry, every second matters and working there means you have to be part of the rush. Not only after office hour, but also on the weekend you have to deal with work. The competition inside is much less, but the pressure from outside is much much more. Given the condition that I’ve worked for the first company, I couldn’t stand working there for long.

In my opinion, most local companies in Indonesia are the typical “second company”. We are moving toward Singapore, where people are forced to be workaholics. As I know it, that relative is also working for a local company, so maybe the “work-life integration” where it’s impossible for you to leave things behind outside of office hour is the case. If the company owners and management are not changing their mindset about work, then there will be more and more “relatives” who become bald and depressed. 😦 Hope it’s not gonna happen.

I’m not going to comment about the third, because I just started it. Gonna write another post about it in maybe 2-3 years. 🙂