Indonesian students need character education
Mahatma Gandhi once said that one of seven serious mistakes in education is “Education without character”. It means that character is important in education aspect and also in many aspects of life. Do you remember what Indonesian characters? Actually, Indonesian characters depend on Pancasila which is the identity of Indonesian. For example, in the past all Indonesian people were united to liberate this country. They did big effort together for one goal—the independence of Indonesia—by fighting the Dutch with all their strengths. However, now, it seems that our characters are lost one by one especially among Indonesian student who are the determinant of Indonesian fate in the future. If they don’t have any of these Indonesian characters anymore it will be very dangerous for Indonesia’s future. That’s why students in Indonesia need character education.
One of Indonesian Character that must be revived is teamwork value. Most of Indonesian student don’t really like to do some teamwork for example some of my friends prefer to do group work individually. They think that by doing things alone is faster than discuss it first with other friends. Actually, it is good to do our work by ourselves or individually but if we don’t pay attention for surroundings—a place where we should communicate and do a social relation—it will make us excluded from the society. Another example is student’s brawls which happen in many places like Yogyakarta, Tanggerang, Bekasi, Denpasar, and Depok, especially in Jakarta. For instance, on 14th of May 2012, students of UKI and YAI College brawled near RSCM on Jalan Dipenogoro. They brawled in the middle of the night only because of a motorcycle and revenge other students, and it happened for several times. Another reason why Indonesian student lost their teamwork value is gadget addiction. It makes them forget to live in the real life and communicate with other people. So, what is teamwork? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of teamwork is, “a work that done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole”. From what the student did, they don’t show any teamwork elements. It means they don’t have any teamwork value anymore.
The second value that must be revived is hardworking value. Do you remember how was Indonesian hero fighting for this country? They did many ways, such as Bandung’s people did a breakthrough in Bandung Lautan Api tragedy. They decided to demolished and left Bandung together. Similarly, many people in Surabaya fought for their area on 10 November 1945 by ripped the Dutch’s flag and some even fought. It’s very different from the situation right now. Most of people prefer to have an easy game today. They don’t like to have a complicated one. Maybe it is because of the changing of time. For example, in the past many students went to the library to do their homework but now they just have to search in the internet and copy some articles then collect it to their teacher. Some of them choose to copy their homework from other students instantly—they don’t check the work first but they just copy it as fast as they can because usually they do that thing in the last minute. Moreover, the development of technology also causes them to be a slacker and finally they do a plagiarism. In other words, because of technology, Indonesian students like to have an instant process. Therefore Indonesian student need to revived the hardworking value as soon as possible, to rebuild their character before this country become poorer.
The last is good manner. This value should be revived too. In the past Indonesian people were famed by their good attitudes internationally. We were sympathetic, kindhearted, and care. However, now these good manners cannot be found in Indonesian students any more. They respect their friends more than their parents. This condition is possible maybe because they choose a bad person as their friend who introduces them to negative things. For instance, when I was in Junior high school, my friend was very kind and respectful. One day, he met my another friend who was very naughty, consequently he became a naughty person too. Another example is my classmate; he likes to penetrate from the classroom when the teacher explaining a subject. He doesn’t like to listen to what the other tell when he acts like that. The teacher feels annoyed with his habit until the teacher reproves him but he answer back impolitely. It means he does not respect the teacher. If this happens continuously without any warnings from the teacher, he will not only get a punishment from the teacher but also be ignored by his classmates.
To conclude, character education is very important for Indonesian students because it can revive some values of Indonesian characters that have lost from their personality. The students are willing to work together with their friends and become an Indonesian student who can do a big effort with a good manner to their family, friends, and society. Therefore, good characters are very important to be owned by all of Indonesian students and it will create a better young generation for Indonesia in the future.