The Middle Researcher in Policy Research Center for Education and Culture, Kemendikbud, Nur Barlian Venus Ali suggested that teachers should have various soft skills in teaching. This viewpoint was brought up at the Education and Culture National Seminar in Kemendikbud Office, Senayan, Jakarta, on Tuesday (23/5).
He said that such research focused on formulating how to realize teachers with diversity both inside and outside the school. He reminded the audience that Indonesia was a country with numerous tribes, cultures, religions, ethnicities, and other diversities. In his view, this understanding should be incorporated within teachers’ soft skills.
Barlian explained that the main point is to provide an inclusive education, for instance in the division into student groups. Through such collective projects, the students are able to unite. This is necessary to foster positive emotions with which to associate diversity. In addition, he continued, teachers should encourage freedom of thought among their students, for this will them become more comfortable in delivering their reasoned opinions. Teachers should implant in their students that there are many paths to the truth, and that truth is multi-faceted.