MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, YOGYAKARTA – President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir mentioned five ‘viruses’ of education in Indonesia.
The viruses will eventually reduce students’ national identity.
“I won’t say five ‘sins’ of education in Indonesia. The word ‘sin’ is too sacred so I’ll say five ‘viruses’ of education in Indonesia,”Haedar said.
First, it deals with agnosticism. It’s latent perspectives and policies which keep students away from divine and religious values.
The values are negated by science because they’re considered sources of problems although the fact shows only a small number of irresponsible religious people cause the problems.
“It’s sort of a secular perspective from narrow-minded people and terrorists saying religion is a source of problems. The thought has hit modern education,” Haedar said.
Second, education faces all forms of extremism and radicalism. The national curriculum hasn’t had significant changes in generalizing and stigmatizing.
Haedar disagrees that the extremism and radicalism are linked to religion, particularly Islam.
“Extreme religious view lead to the extremism and radicalism. They said we may not be afraid of a virus, but Allah. Prophet Muhammad said to tie our camel first (to try), and then put our trust in Allah,” Haedar said.
“There’s a belief of extremism and radicalism on behalf of the nation, called national chauvinism. The belief views that your own country is the most important and rule out religion and other aspects. There are extremism and radicalism due to politics such as separatism, communism, liberalism, and so on,” he said.
Third, violence happens in the education realm. It’s done by either teachers to students or students to students.
Fourth, ‘immoral virus’ or sexual harassment occur in education. The number of cases isn’t many, but they undermine education and moral integrity.
“Some cases of the sexual harassments happened, and they may not become structured culture and tolerable. Indeed, if teachers cannot be role models, who will be?” Haedar said.
Fifth, education confronts a ‘duping virus’ that students are taught what they aren’t supposed to.
“Those five ‘viruses’ should be our concern. Nevertheless, our education has experienced a lot of developments. We heard many suffeccessful stories about our education, and many students’ achievements trigger us to be better teachers to develop our education,” Haedar said.