Education has from time to time merited much discussion. It has always been an interesting topic to talk about. Even, though we may easily find shelves of book stores full of references and writings in the topic, new references always come up, even if perhaps with the same ideas as previously published. This seems natural in that human beings may not be separated from education. Since the early life, we have been surrounded by any topics of education.
Then, what makes education interesting to discuss, in particular in our country of Indonesia?
Of the most interesting topics is the muddle of the education itself, especially in the practice domain in the classroom. The violence of a teacher to his/her student or the bullying among students is a common broadcast on our television channels. Consequently, the education practice has again and again been questionable. The role of the teacher in the front line of education is no exception. Our education fails to create educated persons, or even knowledgeable ones. The character-building education which has been a heated provoking topic is in fact yet as effective as planned.
Talking about education must not be free of talking about the role of a teacher. As the front-liner in the education, teachers are always firmly bound, or even blamed, as the learning-teaching process doesn’t run as expected. As a result, their roles are in question, and so are their competency, professionalism, and quality. On the one hand, the demand to increase such things is unstoppable. On the other hand, their welfare, for example, remains fallow. They have not yet enjoyed every effort they have put.
For this reason, the condition and fact of a teacher become the prime concern in this book by Hj. Sriyanto. Composed of four main parts, this book tries to capture the learning-teaching process in the classroom behind the school hedge. Written by a teacher, the book isn’t solely concerned about theoretical views. Instead, it is full on the writer’s experiences during his teaching in one school in Yogyakarta. However, the writer keeps correlating his experience in particular with the educational reality in our country in general. His bittersweet during his profession, commuting between his home in Cawas and school in Yogyarakarta (p.7) or having undisciplined students (p.69), is clearly simply explained but inspiring.
Even, it can be said the book with the title School in Heaven (Sekolah itu Surga) is an inner reflection and hope of the writer for the educational institution in particular and the educational practice in general, with the teacher being the starting figure. It is due to the fact that teachers are figures directly and actively involved in the process. However good the quality of one institution, its education quality is still weak should the teacher be weak, too. Conversely, even if it doesn’t have any good facility, with the great teacher the institution will also be great.
Well, a school is truly a heaven if it always humanizes every student inside, thinking every student as a unique distinctive creature with a multiple potency which cannot be forced to be uniform for any reason.
Writer : HJ. Sriyanto
Title : Sekolah itu Surga
Published : I, Mei 2012
Page : xvi + 162 halaman
Publisher : Selingkar Rumah Indah (SRI) Pustaka, Yogyakarta
ISBN : 978-602-98333-8-6