A Child’s Real Gifts

The Jakarta Post - Magazine - - Education Supplement - Sudibyo M. Wi­radji

What will my child grow up to be?” This ques­tion is one that most par­ents ask them­selves most fre­quently.

Doc­tor or en­gi­neer are the pre­ferred choice of pro­fes­sion for most par­ents for their chil­dren, with an ex­pected bet­ter fu­ture life be­hind the rea­son – but at the ex­pense of the child’s real gifts and po­ten­tial.

But gone are the days of that per­cep­tion. Par­ents are in­creas­ingly aware that each child has his or her own in­ter­ests, tal­ents and strengths that need to be de­vel­oped con­stantly for their fu­ture suc­cess in life.

How­ever, know­ing what their child’s tal­ents and strengths are re­mains a great chal­lenge, as it en­tails adopt­ing the right strate­gies and ap­proaches.

That’s why this spe­cial edi­tion on ed­u­ca­tion ad­dresses th­ese is­sues, and hope­fully will be able to re­spond to the chal­lenges.

In a piece en­ti­tled ‘Cre­at­ing learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties, in­creas­ing stu­dent achieve­ment’, you will find that learn­ing is not a mat­ter of trans­fer­ring knowl­edge and skills but a process of as­sist­ing stu­dents to find their unique po­ten­tials and even­tu­ally trans­form­ing them into an in­di­vid­ual with the de­sired qual­i­ties.

‘Search­ing for a child’s po­ten­tial’ re­veals how par­ents in today’s era at­tempt to find what their child is good at and their po­ten­tial early on to pro­vide him or her with the best, most suitable ed­u­ca­tion.

There is also a piece that specif­i­cally dis­cusses mid­dle school ed­u­ca­tion, which pro­vides an an­swer to the ques­tion of how to keep stu­dents en­gaged in learn­ing.

On top of that, we also present pieces re­lated to ed­u­ca­tion level, which is see­ing dy­namic changes. In a piece en­ti­tled ‘A quiet rev­o­lu­tion in ed­u­ca­tion’, you can find how changes are tak­ing place in higher ed­u­ca­tion, one of which is re­lated to teach­ing strate­gies that have a close cor­re­la­tion with the learn­ing out­come.

For par­ents whose child is about to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion, there is also a use­ful guide on how to pre­pare univer­sity ap­pli­ca­tion. And many more pieces worth know­ing. Happy read­ing!

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