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Kindergarten contest behind promotion of intolerance

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 31, 2020   /  11:11 am
Kindergarten contest behind promotion of intolerance Students of Kartika V-69 kindergarten, which falls under the supervision of the 0820 Probolinggo Military Command (Kodim) in East Java, march on Aug. 17 in an Independence Day parade in black robes and niqabs, carrying props resembling assault rifles. (Facebook/-)

In addition to the severe New Year floods, we were also shocked by a viral video of girl and boy scouts. Their yells included: “Islam-Islam yes, kafir-kafir no”. For Jakartans, the scene from Yogyakarta harked back to the 2017 gubernatorial election, in which incumbent and candidate Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was denounced as a kafir (infidel). Yet such expressions and teaching of intolerance have entered the core of disciplinary education starting at preschool level. This article departs from research on religious disciplinary education at the level of early childhood education (PAUD), which includes kindergarten (TK), PAUD equivalent units (SPS), Raudhatul Athfal (Islamic kindergarten under the Religious Affairs Ministry), and Islamic integrated kindergarten, conducted on and off from 2013 to 2019. This study shows how the imposition of...

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