Character education as an effort to increase the benefits of human resources

Karwono Karwono


The dynamics of the authoritarian orders of life to the democratic life at least cause a variety of new social problems such as instability in politics, socials, economics, and law and the most important thing is the instability of value. The rapidly changing dynamics of life will cause the new problem in the order of social life it is balanced character education in the society. The lack of control by the state as law enforcement and community justice can eventually erode the public trust in state administrators. The new social problems are the loss of the value of social life in a transitional society that need to be taken seriously through the state- characterized education as follows: (1) the waning of value in social life and citizenship (2) the degradation of value of tolerance in society (3) the waning of values of honesty, and a sense of mutual help (4) the weakening of values in the family (5) the practice of corruption, collusion and nepotism in the governance (6) the damage in the system and economic life (7) the violation of the nationality values. During this time, informal education, especially in the family environment has not significantly contributed in supporting the achievement of competence and character formation of the students. The relatively high bustle and working activity of parents, the lack of understanding of the parents in educating children in the family environment, the influence of the association in the neighbourhood, and the influence of the electronic media are considered to be able to give negative effect to progress and achievement of the students' learning outcomes. One of the alternatives to overcome these problems is through the integrated character education, namely to integrated and optimize the activities of informal education in the family environment with formal education at school. An important agenda that needs attention to overcome this problem is how to build the characteristics of nation based on the local potential and excellence through education. The second is the last bastion of civilization guard when all educational institutions are not able to function optimally.


character; education; nation

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