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Jakarta Post

Teaching, learning and the Internet

  • Henri Lois

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 22 2009   /  10:00 am

Critical cognitive skills, multicultural communication skills and computer competencies are some of the criteria today’s teachers must fulfill. According to Kenneth Cock (The Jakarta Post, Aug. 11, 2009), an ideal teacher prepared for the modern globalized world must possess at least three critical skill sets: the understanding of international perspectives and cross-cultural differences; up-to-date teaching methods enhanced with leading-edge technology; and the ability to develop leadership and critical thinking skills, character and moral values in students. However, among the 2.7 million teachers in Indonesia, only 300,000 are certified. Some problems of Indonesian teachers include insufficient training, limited education qualifications, poor remuneration and impotent teacher development support and facilities. Teachers also find themselves competing against the unlimited world of t...