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Antarina S. F. Amir: Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic

  • Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 3 2008   /  02:29 pm

When Antarina S.F. Amir first listened to a poem about a little boy learning how to draw on his first day of school, she was touched by its wit. The poem also helped her find her purpose in life. The poem, Flowers Are Red by Harry Chapin, tells an ironic story of a child who was taught by his teacher that drawing a flower in a colorful way was wrong. "Flowers are red, green leaves are green/There's no need to see flowers any other way, than the way they always have been seen," reads the poem, which ends with the boy being "programmed" in such a restrictive manner he could not operate in any other way. The managing director of High/Scope Indonesia, which applies the concept of active learning to its some 1,800 students, says flowers need not always be red. "I believe that active learning, instead of rote learning, will equip students better to survive in an ever-changing wor...