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How would teachers fare on global stage?

  • Kenneth Cock

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 11 2009   /  12:34 pm

If there were to be a global election for teachers, how would Indonesia's teachers fare? Will they triumph, give a good fight, or lose with a big margin? In the past demand for high quality graduates to become teachers was low; it was enough to have good graduates to run an information and knowledge were transmitted through a one-way trunk road. Today, things could not be more different. Graduates need more than localized skills to compete in a borderless economy. Critical thinking skills, inter-cultural communication skills, information technology competencies, to name but a few, are some of the demand of today's world - whether we like it or not. To meet this demand, let us consider the supply side - the teachers. With "Generation Google" as students, teachers are compared to technology in being knowledge and information providers. The ideal teacher prepared f...