Kompas, page 11, Saturday, June 24
Massively strengthening character education in the 2017/2018 school year will encourage teachers and schools to utilize learning resources around the school. Schools, families, and communities as the three learning centers are expected to integrate to strengthen character. Expert Staff for Character Development of the Minister of Education and Culture, Arie Budiman conveyed that character building education requires teachers and schools to synergize to optimize learning resources that could support learning in the classroom. Later, teachers could visit other learning resources, such as museums, or bring down learning resources to schools. This could be adjusted to the conditions in each region.
According to Arie, the uniqueness of character education is how schools are able to integrate intra-curricular, co-curricular, extracurricular, and even the non-curricular activities.
Chairperson of the Association for Education Care, Yanti Sriyulianti said that education in schools should be optimal to help in the thorough development of the child. Therefore, child-friendly schools that are able to provide educational services that appreciate the uniqueness of each child to optimize their potential, must be realized including in providing learning services in the classrooms / schools. According to Yanti, strengthening character education should also focus on the learning experience in “expanded classrooms”, which suits the learning needs of learners.
Outdoor studies have been widely applied in several schools in Surabaya, East Java. In SMA Negeri 2 Surabaya, for example, learning activities are not glued to mere dictation and memorizing. The teacher enters the class and gives the discussion topics. Students then freely seek information related to the topics during class time.