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Parenting: Disregarded treasure in education

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 26, 2019   /  10:34 am
Parenting: Disregarded treasure in education Children play in a playground at the Alternative School for Street Children (SAAJA) in Rasuna Said area in South Jakarta in this file photo. The school provides free early education for poor children or children whose parents are street buskers. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Schools and parents are natural partners, yet they never collaborate properly. Their relationship, unfortunately, is more like that between a service provider and its consumers. They should in fact be working together to improve education, given their common interest. Ki Hajar Dewantara, our “Father of Education”, suggested that the “three centers” or three stakeholders — family, school and community — must work together to educate our children. The problem lies in the implementation. In September, the World Bank and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade conducted a forum to display studies on early childhood education (ECE). The forum provided valuable insight from at least eight longitudinal studies by world-class researchers on aspects ranging from the impacts of early childhood education to the importance of parenting in t...

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