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The Cikal’s Way

November 18, 2009

Imagine yourself 20 or 30 years ago. Imagine you had to bring all those big and heavy books to school everyday. It wasn’t easy because the weather was always hot and dry.

You were sometimes scared that your teacher would scold you for not being able to answer all those complicated and theoretical questions that you didn’t have enough prior knowledge.

Thus, you had to spend hours and hours studying. Wait, memorizing to be exact. You knew you had to memorize every single word and theory in order to get a good grade.

You know how frustrating our educational system can be. With all the formulas and all the definitions, every test was a scary nightmare.

If you look back, I’m sure you’ll take a deep breath and say, “Thanks God it’s all over.”

Yes, it’s sad to say that our educational system is somehow old fashioned. The worst part about our educational system is the fact that it tends to only appreciate “smart” students. And there’s only one definition of a smart student: Someone who can memorize all the formulas and get 90 -100% on the test. Other students who can’t perform, are considered stupid.

But now that you have a job and your own family, you know that the real world is so different from the one your school brainwashed you about.

Does your job have anything to do with anything your teachers taught you? Some may answer yes, but I bet most will say no. There are many who have jobs that got nothing to do with what they learned in the university.

And that’s not good news for your children

In this country, our children face a knowledge-based educational system. It simply means that children are encouraged to learn knowledge as much as possible. The more knowledge, the better. It’s a classic assumption that the more theories our children can memorize the better they can be. The more definitions they know the better it is for them.

Some of you may ask what’s wrong with that kind of system.

Well, that kind of system is not totally wrong. Encouraging our kids to gain knowledge as much as possible is a good thing, but there’s something missing in this system.

The conventional system doesn’t teach our children a systematic approach in dealing with new kinds of information. They’re always told that learning things as many as possible is a good thing; memorize everything, remember names, dates, and all other things. That’s it.

There are thousands of new books released every single year. How can they cope with them all?

If you’re worried that the conventional educational system may harm your kids, then you’re thinking. But don’t worry, there’s an option for your kids so that they won’t be trapped as you were in the past.

Sekolah Cikal, as an IBO World School, uses a concept-based educational system to teach its students. It’s a breakthrough in the education world, and its impact has been widely praised all around the world.

With the concept-based system, kids are given a systematic thinking framework that can be used to deal with any kinds of problems. Math, history, biology, and many more.

It’s so effective and it also gives a wide space for kids to be creative.

Within our concept-based system, there are eight key concepts that our children can use to solve any problem. Those key concepts are form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, and reflection.

Let’s say our kids are learning the struggle of Pangeran Dipenogoro during the Dutch occupation. We can analyze Pangeran Dipenogoro and his movement by asking:

FORM: What was Indonesia like back then during the occupation?

FUNCTION: How did the Dutch treat the Indonesians?

CAUSATION: Why was it like that?

CHANGE: Why did Pangeran Dipenogoro decide to start a fight against the Dutch?

CONNECTION: How was the whole condition that Pangeran Dipenogoro had in Central Java connected to condition in other places?

PERSPECTIVE: How did Pangeran Dipenogoro perceive the whole condition?

RESPONSIBILITY: What was his responsibility?

REFLECTION: how did Pangeran Dipenogoro know that what he did was right?

The eight key concepts may seem a bit intimidating at first. But through practices, they can be a very fun way to learn things. Guaranteed.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Bunga permalink
    November 19, 2009 1:33 am

    I like this article very much, very inspiring. I mostly agree with what it says. Our education does need some improvement. Go Cikal!

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