Curriculum Oriented Towards the Working World

Republika, page 5

The Rector of Muhammadiyah Prof Dr Hamka University, Suyatno considers that Indonesia’s educational curriculum has been shaped to meet the needs of the working world. In his view, the curriculum is too technical-administrative and work oriented.

Suyatno said that curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the working world, not to develop the civilization. In addition, this orients outcome. There has been no attention paid to life in the long term or indeed to life after death. In saying that only clever people are able to change the world, he quoted a statement by South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world.”

He also noted that national education leader Ki Hajar Dewantara has reminded us that there is a difference between talent and condition of life among students and others, including in the areas of agriculture, trade, marine, and others, as well as reminding us to implement the process of differentiation in order to enlarge the benefits for students, the community, and the country.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Indonesian Educational Evaluation Association (HEPI), Bahrul Hayat, said that the weakest curriculum model was that having many desires, but whose depth was shallow. He continued that the curriculum should help a child know what their goal was and how to achieve it step by step.

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