Friday, October 28, 2011

Pendidikan yang Membebaskan


Taken from http://www.basicbelia.blogspot.com
            Sebuah film apik besutan sutradara Rajkumar Hirani, 3 Idiots, membuka hati dan pikiran saya akan kebebasan dan pendidikan. Film ini bercerita tentang kehidupan tiga mahasiswa Imperial College of Engineering, sebuah universitas teknik terkemuka di India, dan permasalahan yang mereka hadapi: sebuah sistem pendidikan yang mengekang kebebasan berpikir, menekan, dan mendasarkan kompetisi untuk menjadi nomer satu. Di universitas tersebut, siapa yang lulus pada setiap mata ujian dipastikan akan mendapatkan pekerjaan bergengsi dan posisi terhormat di masyarakat. Sebaliknya mereka yang gagal dipastikan menjadi orang-orang kalah yang tidak berguna.

 Adalah sebuah kebanggaan tak ternilai bagi orang tua Farhan, Mahasiswa dari golongan ekonomi menengah jika putra mereka bisa kuliah di universitas bergengsi. Walaupun Farhan sendiri tidak mempunyai kecintaan pada teknik, ia mencintai fotografi. Sayangnya orang tua dan lingkungan sekitarnya menganggap insinyur adalah pekerjaan yang teroandang dan mampu mengangkat harkat dan derajat seseorang. Raju, sahabat Farhan, mahasiswa dari keluarga miskin menjadi tumpuan hidup bagi keluarganya. Gelar insinyur adalah satu-satunya harapan bagi keluarganya untuk meningkatkan kehidupan ekonomi kelaurga. Beban ini memberikan tekanan dan ketakutan akan kegagalan yang luar biasa bagi Raju. Sebaliknya, Rancho, tokoh sentral dari film ini, yang bersahabat dengan Farhan dan Raju digambarkan sebagai sosok yang sangat menikmati belajar, sangat mencintai ilmu pengetahuan, haus akan pengetahuan baru, tidak mudah menyerah, dan memaknai semua pengetahuan yang didapatnya.
Tokoh kunci lainnya, rektor ICE adalah rektor sekaligus pengajar yang disiplin, berorientasi pada hasil, tujuan, rangking, dan kesuksesan akademis. Sang rektor sangat  disiplin dan mengutamakan nilai sebagai pencapaian yang maha penting. Baginya hidup adalah persaingan. Siapa yang tidak mampu bertahan dalam sistem maka ia akan tergilas. Kesuksesan dimenangkan dengan memenangkan persaingan dan menjatuhkan yang lemah. Pendidikan adalah alat untuk mengantarkan sesorang mencapai kehidupan yang lebih baik hanya bagi mereka yang mampu bekerja seperti mesin. Bekerja keras, mengikuti semua pola dan aturan, berjalan sesuai dengan apa yang diajarkan, dan terus menerus berkompetisi.
3 Idiots adalah kritik bagi sistem pendidikan yang menekan dan mengekang. sistem pendidikan ini hanya menghasilkan mesin, yaitu siswa yang tidak mempunyai kemampuan menganalisis sebuah permasalahan dan bekerja hanya sesuai dengan panduan yang ada. Mesin tidak mempunyai hati, pikiran, dan akal budi. Seluruh organ difungsikan untuk menyelesaikan tugas, keberhasilan tanpa cacat dan nirkesalahan. Sistem pendidikan yang hanya mengunggulkan kesuksesan dari segi akademis inilah yang meracuni jiwa seorang pelajar.
 Kompetisi dan tekanan bukanlah sesuatu yang sepantasnya diberikan kepada siswa secara berlebihan. Sekolah, universitas, dan institusi pendidikan yang lain seharusnya menjadi tempat siswa menikmati proses belajar dan memaknai segala sesuatu yang mereka pelajari. Tekanan akan menjadi yang nomer satu di kelas, yang terbaik, kompetisi yang diunggulkan hanya akan menghasilkan siswa-siswa yang tertekan dan “mati”. Digambarkan dalam film ini seorang mahasiswa yang ditekan oleh tanggung jawab keluarganya menjadi insinyur pertama di desanya berbuah upaya bunuh diri karena sang rektor menolak memberikan tenggat waktu lebih pada sang mahasiswa untuk menyelesaikan tugas akhirnya. 
Di dunia faktanya berdasarkan laporan yang dikeluarkan oleh Arizona State University, diperkirakan 11% dari mahasiswanya memutuskan bunuh diri. Antara bulan September sampai Maret 2010 enam mahasiswa pada Cornell University memutuskan untuk bunuh diri. Depresi adalah penyebab utamanya, tekanan dari tugas kuliah, tuntutan orang tua dan masalah adaptasi dengan lingkungan dan rekan belajar adalah beberapa penyebab utamanya. Raju tokoh mahasiswa lain dalam film ini mendapat tekanan yang luar biasa besar untuk mengangkat harkat keluarganya dengan menjadi insinyur dan lulusan universitas terkemuka ICE. Farhan, dipaksa oleh orang tuanya untuk menjadi insinyur walaupun sebenarnya ia ingin menjadi fotografer. Tekanan-tekanan ini mengerdilkan keindahan pendidikan yang seharusnya mengangkat harkat hidup orang apapun cita-cita orang tersebut. 
Pendidikan seharusnya menciptakan kecintaan terhadap ilmu pengetahuan, kehausan mencari pengetahuan baru, dan kesukacitaan memecahkan permasalahan dengan bekal ilmu pengetahuan yang dimiliki. Bersekolah dan belajar seharusnya merupakan kegiatan yang menyenangkan yang tidak memenjarakan siswa dalam bangunan yang disebut sekolah. Bersekolah dan belajar seharusnya juga tidak mengkotak-kotakkan siswa berdasarkan kemampuan, kekayaan, dan segala kekhasan pada diri masing-masing siswa. Semua siswa mempunyai keistimewaannya sendiri. Pengajar dan orang tua seyogyanya mengasuh para siswa dengan tidak menyamaratakan kemampuan dan minat siswa. Dengan dukungan penuh keluarga dan suasana belajar yang memerdekakan pemikiran siswa, belajar perlu dimaknai sebagai sebuah kegiatan yang menyenangkan dan bukan sekedar untuk mendapatkan ijazah akan tercapai.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Bemo

Bemo M queues to get passengers in bemo station
Bemo is a famous public transportation in Indonesia, well at leas in my place. It's a four wheel car, mostly wagon  with two long seats for 11 passengers. One seat next to the driver is for 2 passengers. No aircon and in some cars equipped by sound speaker. But never expect to have a nice comfy car. You'll get a "fine" hot car since you can just rely on the window. I forgot to tell that you need to share the seat with 3 other passengers for the short seat and 6 other passengers for the long seat. If you're lucky you can seat next to the driver so that you don't have to share seat, but..still you need to share with one more passenger.


The driver is very skillful, meaning they really know well how to speed and cut the car line in a crowded city. Hold your breath since they will make you feel you're in a formula one race. But don't get too nervous since lately less and less people take bemo. So, bemo will move very slow like a snail, a giant motor snail which stops at almost every alley and every city corner to wait for passengers. So in this case, just be patient. 30 minute travel will be 1 hour travel. Just add 30 min to the normal time you take for a certain distance when you take bemo. 


Bemo driver is the king!!! You cannot complain if he goes so fast or he goes so slow. You have to accept that . Passengers' safety is number something for the driver. As long as he can get money then things will be just fine. Well don't be worry. So far i can assure you that private cars accident involved more than bemo. 
You cannot complain too when the bemo wants to stop in a nearby factory to wait for the workers to go home. You cannot also ask the driver to stop smoking. No one can make him stop smoking! Cigarette and music are a driver's friend to keep focus on their job.


Passengers in a bemo
You have to be extra patience. I think it works in both way, extra patience for the driver and also for the passengers. If you're in a hurry but you're still 50 m from the bemo, the driver will be happily waiting for you. And if you ask for his permission to stop for a few minutes to buy some fruit along the street, he will say yes. Don't forget to give him some. You can also carry heavy luggage as long as it doesn't take lot of place. If it does, then just pay for your luggage.


Bumpy car? Well you cannot expect to get same ambiance like a taxi. You just can't expect to have a clean seat too. It's passengers' responsibility too to keep the bemo clean and comfortable. 


But i like taking bemo to everywehere. I meet people, i learn about people and mostly i get good experience. I can also look at the city view longer. Who cares if it’s slower? The bus gives me a chance to look out the window at the trees.


Cute girl with her doll and
her mommy in a bemo
In Surabaya, the city where i live, bemo is differentiated by its name and color. Like the green one with the letter "E" then we call it Bemo E takes from Balongsari to Karangmenjangan. Then bemo O the yellow one for example takes you from JMP to Keputih. there are dozens of destination and dozens of bemo. So..it'll take time to list the place. However will try to list them below based on my experience as a bemoer ( the term is invented by me LOL)








PS: The bemo faire range from IDR 3000 to IDR 4000
North Surabaya




1. Bemo "K" (white) from JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza) to Tanjung Perak Port 


West - North Surabaya
1. Bemo "Z" (red) from Benowo, Tandes to  JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
2. Bemo "LMJ" (light brown) from Lakarsantri to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
3. Bemo "BJ" (grey) from Benowo, Tandes to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
4. Bemo "Z1" (light blue) from Benowo, Tandes to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
5. Bemo "DA" ( yellowish green) from Pakuwon Trade Center to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)


West - South Surabaya
1. Bemo "TV" (brown and light brown) from Manukan, Balongsari to Joyoboyo Bemo Station


West to Central Surabaya
1. Bemo "E" (light green) from Balongsari to Karangmenjangan (Province Public Hospital area)


Central Surabaya
1. Bemo "P" (pale yellow) from Joyoboyo bemo station to Karangmenjangan (Province Public Hospital area)
2. Bemo "M" (dark grey) from Joyoboyo bemo station to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
3. Bemo "G" (dark green) from Joyoboyo bemo station to Karangmenjangan (Province Public Hospital area)
4. Bemo "C" (orange) from Karangmenjangan (Province Public Hospital area) to Blauran

West to East Surabaya
1. Bemo "MLK" (blue) from Manukan, Tandes to Kenjeran Beach

South to East Surabaya
1. Bemo "T2" (light brown) from Joyoboyo bemo station to Mulyorejo

So far these are bemos i've taken in my life almost regularly. I LOVE BEMO!!!!!





Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dramatic Korean Song Clip

I'm trying to keep myself awake tonight. It's 11:18 but i'm in a big mood of blogging, so..i decided to play some video on my laptop.

2 Korean songs in my list make me want to write about how dramatic Korean clip are. Well i say they're romantic, sweet, and touchy..but at the same time it's also too drama. Okay let me tell a little detail about the songs.
I got the video clip from my ex-boyfriend. He showed me the first video by J-Entercom entitled Kiss. I don't know who or what J-Entercom is, i just watched the video and just before we finish watched the video on my ex's mobile phone we both cried. We were touched by the video. About love and big scarification. Worse of all i and my ex were at a fastfood restaurant on a busy Sunday at that time. Can you believe it we even cried on the video together surrounded by crowd? He he he i know it's so drama, but we just couldn't help it. The song is nice though. Well not so special but just fine.

The story began when a good looking photographer accidentally captured a beautiful woman passed in front of his camera lens. Shortly it was love at the first sight. The woman worked in a hair salon. So one day the photographer went to the salon and had a hair treatment. He didn't know at first that the woman worked there. When the woman knew that it was the photographer, she replaced her friend to treated the photographer's hair. She enjoyed her time with him when she unconsciously rub the photographer's eyes with full of soap hand. She apologized and  her boss was angry to her but it's not a problem for the photographer. Then the photographer accidentally left his beanie at the salon. The woman went to the photographer's studio and gave it back to him. Then they both fell in love until one day in a bit intimate moment, the photographer wanted to take her picture but his camera stuck. He needed something to fix his camera, the woman wanted to help him and when she was about of taking something from the shelf a bottle full of liquid fell on her face and then she was run to the hospital and she got a surgery. She had to lost her sight and the photographer not known by the woman gave his eyes to her. What a scarification.

Other video I've got told about more or less the same thing. About a young couple who had a small fight and the girl was hit by a car and the boy regretted so much. When the boy went home and fell asleep the time was turning back to the day before the girl hit. He was surprised and he decided to did nice things to please the girl since he knew that it would be the last time he saw her. Weird thing was in the end the opposite happened. When a car almost hit the girl he sacrificed himself by standing and blocking the car. So then it's the boy death in the end which broke the girl's heart.

And in another video i watched i YouTube in the night after i watched that video i cried badly since there were many sad Korean song clips and they're all about sacrifice yourself for others. Why wouldn't they make a couple love each other and live together happily ever after? Aaaaah so so so sad :(
I wanna see more happy ending!!!!

Watch J Entercom - Kiss Because I'm a Girl video here