Indonesian teachers: workers or intellectuals

Posted by David Khoirul

teaching in Indonesia work or professionIn a country called Indonesia, teaching is more like a job than a duty. The Jakarta Post says:

Some teachers really do become more professional, but some others, not yet. Some even become less professional in teaching, in their relations with others, and their subject matter. One reason why some of teachers don't develop is simply that they don't study any more, after getting the certificate.

According to Henry Giroux, teachers are supposed to be intellectuals, not workers. As an intellectual, they have to study or learn every day. By lifelong learning they will improve their professionalism. By lifelong learning, teachers will become an example for their students.


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