Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Education For A Better Future


Education is one of many factors that affect our future. With education, we can contribute to society, with the main purpose of making our world much better. But, in several developing countries, like ours, Indonesia, the education system is still not good enough. In this text, I will discuss and explain about what makes our education system not good enough and how to overcome it.

So first, I will discuss about why our education system is often criticized as “bad” or “not good enough”. Our education system is often centered in achieving good scores and mastering all of the subjects which are being  taught in classes. Now, I will confiidently say this is very WRONG. The main interests of every children are different. One may have excellent  scores in maths but that doesn’t mean that the child is also outstanding in sports, or let’s say, arts. And on the contrary, Children who have interest in arts or sports may also have difficulties doing algebra equations or logarithm. What I’m trying to imply is, Indonesian education system often pushes children way off their limits, which is VERY bad. Some children are often being told by their parents or teachers that if he/she is doing good at maths or physics, then he/she is considered SMART. THIS here is one of many actions that will lead to some self-esteem problems on the children who is involved. As the child grows, he/she will have a mindset of “I have to be good at maths” or “I have to be good at physics” and he/she will end up not doing what he/she is really passionate about, because of the doctrine that parents or teacher may have told him/her way back when he/she was still a child. To me, a school that provides choice to their students of what subjects will the students take is a good school criteria, for the students will be able to develop themselves in the field that they are passionate about.

The second thing is the exceeding school hours and the overwhelming homeworks that teachers give to their students. It is true that we are students, and our obligation is, of course, to study, but we are also normal human beings. We need sleep of approximately 5-6 hours. Now if you give us a task of making a movie which is one hour long within 2 weeks, how will we be able to go to sleep? I’m not saying that teachers shouldn’t give us any tasks. What I’m saying is that, please include some considerations of our personal life.


The third thing is the National Examination (Ujian Nasional). A few days that will judge your whole 3 (or 6) years of learning, determining whether you should pass the school or not. I feel strange that people study for like 3 (or 6) years and they will be told about whether they will be able to pass the school or not, by only 3-4 days of exams. And not to mention that the subjects which are being tested are only 3-6 subjects (depending on your school level), not all of them. And there are also many other factors, such as how fit is the person while taking the test, or some machine errors that may happen (we use scanners to check our answers), an answering sheet with a bad quality, and so on. But, the National Exam has been, let’s say, a tradition for all of us Indonesians. So if the National Exam is suddenly erased from the government regulation, I won’t say that people will entirely agree either. And I haven’t said anything about the government’s reaction. I heard that they have been considering about this and now the passing of the students is not entirely based on the National Examination results. Nice development!

And the last one, but definetly the most important one is, of course, the mentality of the students. Most of Indonesian students nowadays have bad studying enthusiasm. It is true that it is mostly caused by the things I mentioned above, such as the amount of homeworks, the pressure from the teachers and the environment, and such. But, if we, let’s say, change all of those things, I’m still not pretty sure that we can totally change the mentality of the students here in Indonesia. And this one is REALLY hard to overcome since it comes from one’s self. We can’t tell people to study or to pick their subject of interest just like that. Some people need process. Some others already know what they want to do or what they are passionate about. We are very diverse. So, if we really want to change the education system, especially here in Indonesia, we have to start from ourselves, from the little things, starting now.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Disadvantages of Television - No Hard Feelings, Guys...

Television is one of many electronic devices used by people from all around the world. We use television for many purposes, several of them are for entertainment, getting information, and some of the programs may even provide knowledge. As we can see, television has many advantages for people. But then again, it also has many disadvantages. For example, if we get too carried away with watching television shows, we will eventually forget about time and we will leave our works undone. Some people can also forget about their surroundings because they get too focused on the show they’re watching. And I haven’t said this, but some programs show bad actions and rude languages. Children may get bad influences from them, if they watch television without their parent’s advisory. There are many other disadvantages. And here, I will explain about my opinions on the disadvantages of television.

 
The first disadvantage of television is it causes people to forget about their surroundings. Even worse, they have a high chance of leaving their work undone because they get too focused on watching television. It is true that television provides informations and even knowledge, but people also have to keep their focus on their environment. We all have duties which are derived to us, which we have to take our responsibility into. If we get too carried away watching television, we may end up not doing the things we should actually do. And that definetly causes more trouble for us. As humans, we do have our rights. But we also have our responsibilities. I’m not saying you can’t watch television. You’ll just have to do it in the right amount of time.

The second disadvantage of television is many of the programs shown contain bad actions and rude languages. Some of the grown-ups do understand that they are bad and we shouldn’t follow them. But then again, not all people who watch television are grown-ups. We have children watching television, too. And if they see them constantly, those actions and languages will give them bad influences. They may follow those languages and actions. You can say that some programs only provide shows for children. But don’t forget that children are very curious. They tend to look for something in the areas they haven’t touched. They will eventually find another programs and who knows what they’ll find? Probably some criminal minds episode or some poorly directed Indonesian dramas (which contain SO MANY bad influences for young generations). Parents will have to constantly watch their children while watching TV, and we all know parents don’t have that much time. There are times when parents won’t be around their children.


And the last disadvantage is watching too much television is bad for your health, especially your eyes. You will have to use glasses eventually if you keep watching television for a long period of time. And then there’s this snack-eating habit. People tend to look for something to munch when they watch television. Mainly beause your body is sitting still for quite a long period of time and your brain will eventually tell your body to move. When you’re eating some snacks, your mouth chews the food and your hands keep inserting more of the food to your mouth, so they will be kept occupied. This is REALLY bad for your health. Not only that the ingredients used to make snacks are sometimes dangerous, but also those snacks can make you fat. You don’t want that to happen, right. If you wish to have a good-looking body, you definetly can’t keep up with this habit.

So I think that’s all I can explain about the disadvantages of television. The conclusion is, television can turn you into an introvert, it gives bad influences to children, and it can also make you fat. All of those disadvatanges will happen to you if you can’t manage your time watching television. You are allowed to watch television, of course. But again, only for the right amount of time. Anyhow, here are suome suggestions I can give. The first one is to practice your time-managing skills. It may be hard at first, but you will have a coordinated life later on. The second one is if you like watching TV that much, maybe you can try some simple excercises to keep your body in shape. And the last one (if you’re a parent) is to give your children something else to do beside watching television. But make sure that the other thing that will make you children occupied is also fun for them, and they have no pressure in doing it.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

4 Days in Sukapura Village

Hi again guys! Today I am going to tell you about our school's event, bakti desa. This event is supposed to be held for the 11th graders, but the acceleration students are still considered as 11th graders, so yeah. This event is an event in which the students have to stay for several days in a village. The students are divided into several groups consisting of 4-5 people. Each group has a family which they will be staying with for the next 4 days. Oh, and of course we don't just sit at home and do nothing. We have to go out and help our family members with their duties (well, some of the duties can be done inside the house, actually)(yep, I'm talking about washing the dishes and cooking).

Okay so here I go.

On the first day, all of the 11th graders gathered in front of the school at 6 a.m., where all of the military trucks-which will take us to the village-were parked. Both of the acceleration classes were put on the same truck. We got on the truck, waited for the other classes to be ready, then we went straight to Sukapura village at 8 a.m..

The trip took long enough. We arrived at about 10.30 a.m. I guess. There were traffic everywhere, but the view when we got closer to the village was pretty good, though (just kidding, it was REALLY good). When we arrived at the village, the first thing we did was (of course) getting off the truck, along with our bags and several things we were about to give to the villagers (cooking oil, rice, sugar, flour, instant noodles, etc.). Then we went inside the village hall. There, the head of the village and our teachers gave some good speech, and when they're done, we were welcomed to eat lunch (it was about 11 but, well, I can take it). After that. we walked to our houses (along with our stuffs, again). Mine wasn't located too far from the village hall, which was a good thing. We spent the rest of the day resting, preparing ourselves for the next day, and, of course getting close with our families.

On the second day, my group started the day with a long walk way up to the top of the hill-which is located near the village. We went to a coffee garden (I can't find the proper word for "kebun kopi" so I'll just leave it like that). THE VIEW WAS SO GOOD and hey, I took a picture of me and my friends there!

Can you guess which one is me? clue : I wear the darkest clothes.
Including a flannel.

After that, we went another way to pick some unique shaped avocados, which turned out to be butter avocados. Then we went back home (which was a long walk, but I enjoyed it as much as it exhaust me). We spent the rest of the day exploring the village and of course spending some time with our families.

On the third day, we (I mean ALL of us, the 11th graders) were divided into two groups. Each group had it's own duties. One group will stay in the health center and serve the villagers for free, and the other group had to give out the food supply that all of us had brought there (the rice and oil stuff) to the villagers, and after that, plant some trees. My classmates and I planted some trees near the river! After that, we went back home, got some rest, and then prepared for the next activity. But then, it rained really, really bad. We were supposed to have some kind of scouting activities but it was cancelled because of the weather. Me and the rest of the girls in my class spent the time in one of my friends' family's house. At night, my class held a solidarity night (again, I can't find the words) but my group, for some reason, couldn't attend it.

And on the last day, we had to get up early to prepare for out departure. It was kind of sad to leave our families there, although we only stayed there for 4 days. Oh, and my family prepared quite an amount of yields for us to bring back home. We gathered at 6 in the village hall, where, again, the trucks were already parked. Unlike the first day, we were put on the same truck as the students from the social class. We arrived at school about 2 and a half hours later. We got off the truck with our stuffs and raw foods (YUM) and then we went back to our own houses.

Over all, this was an exciting trip! If only I had spent more time together with my classmates there, It would be a lot more fun. Oh and of course, it is quite rare for my school to held an event in which we can both learn and have fun at the same time, so this event is quite refreshing (without getting rid of the 'learning' process during the event, that is).

Okay so that is all from me. Phew, quite a long post, isn't it? I hope you enjoy this post as much as I do writing it (that means you do not enjoy this at all)(just kidding again, I kind of like writing things in english so this is not that depressing...). And see you on my next post.
Bye!

Monday, November 9, 2015

KATARSIS - A Novel About Psychopaths

HI AGAIN, GUYS!
I can't believe I actually posted this a day after the previous one. Phew.

So for today, our topic is books. Mrs. Wiwin gave me a task in which I have to read a book and then retell the story in it.
So the book of my choice is a novel by Anastasia Aemilia (which happens to be one of Gramedia Pustaka's editor and translator), Katarsis.
Now if you look the word up in dictionaries, katarsis (english : catharsis) has a meaning of : (1) purification process of one's soul, (2) the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions, and (3) purgative medicine.
I'm guessing you guys already have a picture in mind of what the book is about.
So without any further ado, here is my analysis of the novel Katarsis.

A little preview of what the book
is about-clearly shown from the cover itself

This novel tells a story about a girl named Tara Johandi, who was found inside a toolbox in her house, with her family members had already been murdered horrifically. She was then being left under the care of Dr. Alfons, a psychiatric, who had already taken care of Tara long before she was found inside the toolbox (she used to show signs of a psycopath so her relatives sent her to a psychiatric, who was Dr. Alfons). And then, during her recovery process, a serial murder happened to occur, in which the victims were put inside a toolbox, wearing the same clothes as Tara when she was found inside the toolbox.

Now this novel is a bit twisted and contains a lot of gore, so if you can't handle it, I suggest not to read it.

So my opinion about this novel is that it has a unique way of potraying its characters. And the characters themselves have characteristics which are different from novel characters in general. Most of them is either a psycopath or ones with mental illness. This novel is-indeed-not good for children or even teenagers, since-I've said this too many times-it is extremely gore. I can't even count how many murdering process were explained in this novel. But for an Indonesian thriller novel, this one's pretty neat. Since most of Indonesian novels are about love or everyday life, this novel gave a new Indonesian-novel-reading experience.

Now, I'll be telling you about the characters.

[SPOILER ALERT]

The first one is of course the main character, Tara Johandi. She is a twisted individual who hates her own name and enjoys seeing blood (what a psycho). She killed her own mother when she was still 5 years old. She has a unique habit of holding onto a 5 rupiah coin-which was given by Ello back when they were kids-everytime she feels pain.
The second one is Marcello Ponty (Ello), the serial murderer who killed all the girls and put them inside the toolboxes. His motive is pretty obvious-his obsession towards Tara. In the end, he killed Dr. Alfons out of jealousy. By the way, he suffers a Congenital Insensitivity to Pain illness. He can't feel pain. He used to be one of Dr. Alfons' patients.
The third character is Dr. Alfons, a kind psychiatric who took care of Tara after she got out of hospital. She used to give consultations to Ello, as well.
The fourth character is Heru, Ello's father, who happened to be a serial murderer back in his young days. He often helped Ello murdering people. Oh yeah, he was the one who put Tara inside the toolbox.
The next characters are the Johandis, consisting of Bara Johandi (Tara's father, who left tara at the care of Sasi and Arif after Tari passed away), Tari Johandi (Tara's mother who was murdered by Tara herself), Sasi and Arif Johandi (Tara's aunt and uncle), and Moses (Tara's cousin who raped her and ended up being murdered by her).

Now do you regret reading this post? I warned you.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

My Dream Job - Haven't Found It Yet

Hi guys!
It's been so long since I last posted on my blog.
A lot of things have happened since then (mostly sad things), but now I'm finally back!
Okay so what I'm about to tell you today is about my dream job. Now if you read my first post, you will know that my hobby includes drawing. So, I think, what I want to be in the future is either an architect or a designer (my current choice is the first one).

An architect. I don't usually draw buildings, but if I can learn how to do it, maybe I will get used to it eventually and will probably enjoy it as much as I draw people (and clothes). Now this is a job where I can get both enjoyment and of course, earnings (now this here is quite a sensitive topic but for the sake of this task I will write it anyway). According to the opinions from people around me, it is better for me to be an architect than to be a, let's say, designer or an animator. They say I will have a better future and it will be easier for me to earn money. I don't quite agree with those opinions, since a job doesn't actually affect your finance (for example an artist can earn much money if he/she creates good art) but I have to take it for consideration. I know, "don't let people decide your future" but I also can't blatantly pick a job just by looking at my current hobbies (although it is, in fact, better to have a job which suits your hobby).

An Architect doing his job.

A designer. This one has a wider range of job choices, for example; a graphic designer, fashion designer, interior designer. And this is more suitable for my current skills. I LOVE drawing clothes and stuff, and it is more likely for me to be productive during my working period. On the contrary, I still have to consider people's opinion about this job. It is indeed quite hard to find a consistent and promising job without some good skills. I probably do have a few skills up my sleeve but I don't think they're good enough. It will be hard for me to compete if I don't improve in the next few years.
So, to sum it all up, I still don't have a proper future job since I'm still stuck between some choices. I hope I will be able to figure it out soon...

Interior Design.

Fashion Design

Graphic Design.

Okay so that's it for today, thank you for reading!
And for Mrs. Wiwin, I'm really sorry if this post doesn't fulfill your criteria for a future job essay but I seriously haven't figured mine out yet.
And once again thank you for reading!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PEACE

"If two parties of believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them. And if one party of them does wrong to the other,  fight that wrong-doer until it returns to the ordinance of God; then, if it returns, make peace between them justly, and act equitably.  Lo! God loves the equitable."
-Qur'an 49.9

"He it is who sent down peace of reassurance into the hearts of the believers, that they might add faith to their faith."

-Qur'an 48.4


"Peace is always beautiful" -Walt Whitman

Okay so my teacher gave me this task to analyze the word Peace, based on some quotes that had been taken from the holy book of each religion. So here I go.


The word peace itself, based on The Oxford Dictionary, means (1) "Freedom from disturbancetranquillity," (2) "Mental or emotional calm," and (3) "A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended."

So basically, peace means a state in which there is no disturbance, a stable condition.

"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding"
-Albert Einstein

The quotes I mentioned came from my religion, which is Islam, although I'm sure that every single religion in this world taught their believers about peace. Based on the quotes I took, piece, in the first place, was given by God to every single human being in this world. So basically, peace is something within people, something which people are born with. But, the environment in which a person was born affects the personality of the person. the piece this person was born with could be easily replaced with bad desires. So, it can also be said that piece is also something out in society, something which is created when people assemble with each other. Regarding of is piece a state of mind or a way of acting, I personally think that it is both. It starts with a state of mind and ends up in the way of acting, to put it in a simple way.

The biggest challenge of embodying piece is ego. Ego is, obviously, something within people that could be changed if every people have the will to do so. But nowadays, people are more concerned about their ego than the victims of war. As I have said before, people could change their point of view on this world but in fact it is very hard to do so. To relate it with the next thing to analyze, which is what might prevent someone from being peaceful, ego is obviously one of them, and probably the only one. If only people could set aside their ego, their personal business, peace could be easier to achieve.

One of the way to create peace based on the quotes i've mentioned above is to make peace from two fighting parties. It is a hard task indeed, but can solve so many problems in this world if we can do so.


Okay so I think that's enough for today, I don't have anything else to explain. Thank you for reading, and see you on my next post!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Analytical Exposition - My Point Of View About A Good Leader

As a high school student, I am well aware of the fact that we need a leader among us. A leader is a sacred position, as it is the position of someone whose job is not only to point out people to do anything he/she wishes but to guide them to do so, and to be able to give good examples for the people he/she leads. A good leader has some qualifications, which I will be explaining to you this time.

First of all, a good leader needs to have a good, clear, and solid vision and of course some missions to accomplish the vision itself. A leader is nothing without goals, as one of a leader's job is to be able to look forward, to think not only for the present but also for the future.

Second of all, a good leader must be able to realizate his/her missions in order to accomplish his/her vision. As what I have said before, a leader's job is to be able to look forward. A leader has to have some plans as to what he/she will do to make his/her missions become reality.

Third, a leader must work honestly. Good vision and missions and brilliant plans are nothing without honesty. As I have said in the first paragraph, a leader has to be able to give good examples for the people he/she leads. So, being honest is one of so many ways to give good examples to the people being led.

And last, a leader needs some supporters, people to lead. A leader cannot be called a "leader" unless he/she has someone/some people to lead, to guide. (This is actually a case of literature, but I don't mind explaining).

So, being a good leader is not an easy job, as it is quite hard to find people who fulfill all of the qualifications above. But we all can be leaders if we want, we can make ourselves better and better and eventually, we'll surpass all of the qualifications above.
I think that's it for today's task, phew I'm tired.
Thank you so much for reading! See you in the next post!