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Pluralism missing from curriculum

  • Mohamad Yusuf

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, December 19 2008   /  10:24 am

The purpose of this article is to respond to the survey findings of the Center for Islamic and Society Studies (PPIM) at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta, in particular its examination of the phenomenon of increasing conservatism and radicalism because of religious education in schools. Similar research has, indeed, been conducted by the Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies (CRCS) at Gadjah Mada University in relation to the construction of tolerance among students at the high school level in Yogyakarta. From 2006 until 2008, the CRCS conducted qualitative research as well as survey research which was distributed to students at 11 high schools (SMA) in Yogyakarta. We divided the schools into four types: State schools, Islamic schools, Christian schools and nationalist schools. The research revealed that the schools do not teach re...