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Character Education: Understanding, Values, and Achievement

Strengthening Character Education is a movement started by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2016. What about character education in schools? What are the values of character education? Below is an overview of character education that wise teachers should know about.

Character education is defined as

How do education experts define character education? There are several meanings of “wise teacher.” One of the meanings or meanings of character education, according to the experts cited on the website of the University of Psychology, is:

According to Kaimuddin in the journal Implementing Character Education in the Curriculum 2013 (2014), character education is a conscious effort that is planned and guided by the learning environment for the growth and development of all human potentials who possess good character traits, good morals, and a constructive impact on nature and society.

The very definition of character education can be understood from each word individually. Education is the process of learning human habits, skills, and knowledge that are passed on from the previous generation to the next. Meanwhile, character is the accumulation of individual character, traits, and personality that lead to your beliefs and habits in everyday life.

Without departing from its meanings, it can be understood that character education is a planned effort to build an individual’s character so that later on they become useful individuals both for themselves and for many people.

Character education functions

In relation to the above understanding, character education has the primary function of developing one’s own potential so that he can live his life being good. In the field of formal education, character education in schools serves to mold the characters of students into people of noble, moral, resistant, well-educated, and tolerant character.

In addition, the Serupa.id website mentions three main functions of character education in schools. Serupa.id quotes Zubaedi in his book Character Education Design (2012), which mentions the three functions of character education in schools. When the function is:

1. The Role of Creating and Developing Potential

So that students can develop their potential for good thinking, have a clear conscience, behave well and be virtuous.

2. Increase and enhance functionality

Improve and strengthen the role of individuals, families, educational units, communities, and governments in fulfilling their responsibilities and participating in the development of the potential of groups, institutions, or society in general.

3. Filtering functionality

Character education serves to allow people to choose and classify their own national culture, and to filter out the cultures of other nations that are not compatible with the character values and virtuous culture of the nation itself.

Values in Character Education

Values in Character Education

So what are the cultural values of a virtuous nation? The Ministry of Education and Culture has established the values of character education as a priority for the development of strengthening character education. And the five main characters that determine the importance of character education are:

There are five core values of the Pancasila characters that are priorities for the development of the movement; that is, religion, nationalism, integrity, independence, and mutual cooperation. Each value does not exist and does not develop independently, but interacts with itself, develops dynamically, and creates a personal whole.

1. Religious

This is manifested in the behavior of implementing religious teachings and beliefs and respecting religious differences and other beliefs.

Religious character values reflect faith in Almighty God, which is manifested in the observance of religious teachings and beliefs; respect for religious differences; living in peace and harmony with people of different faiths; showing tolerance for the practice of religion and other beliefs.

The realization of these values of a religious character is manifested in the attitude of love for peace, tolerance, respect for religious and religious differences, firm attitude, self-confidence, cooperation between followers of religions and beliefs, combating bullying and violence, friendship, honesty, not forcing the will, love for the environment, protection of the little ones and the isolated.

2. Nationalist

Demonstrated through valuing the nation’s own culture, environmental protection, legal compliance, discipline, and respect for cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity.

A nationalistic character is a way of thinking, acting, and acting that demonstrates loyalty, care, and high respect for a nation’s language, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political environment, putting the interests of the nation and the state above their and their groups’.

The nationalist attitude is manifested by the attitude of respect for one’s own culture, preservation of the cultural wealth of the nation, willingness to sacrifice, perfection and achievement, love for the country, protection of the environment, observance of the law, discipline, respect for culture, and religious diversity.

3. Integrity

It includes an attitude of responsibility; consistency of actions and words based on truth; respect for the dignity of the individual; and the ability to lead by example.

The character values of integrity are values that underpin behavior that is based on the effort to become a person who can always be trusted in words, deeds, and works with commitment and loyalty to human and moral values.

The nature of integrity includes the attitude of responsibility as a citizen actively involved in social life, through the consistency of actions and words based on truth. An honest person also respects personal dignity (especially people with disabilities) and is able to set an example.

4. Independent

Become a lifelong student, using all your energy, thoughts, and time to realize your hopes, dreams, and ideals.

The value of an independent character is an attitude and behavior that does not depend on others and uses all energy, thoughts, and time to fulfill hopes, dreams, and ideals. Independent students have a good work ethic, are hard-working, hard-working, professional, creative, courageous, and are lifelong learners.

5. Gotong Royong

The value of the gotong royong character reflects

Students are expected to show respect for others, be able to cooperate, be inclusive, help each other, have empathy and a sense of solidarity.

The value of the gotong royong character reflects the act of appreciating the spirit of cooperation and working together to solve common problems, improve communication and friendship, and bring help or aid to those in need.

Students are expected to be able to show respect for others, cooperate, be inclusive, make joint decisions, reach consensus, help, have empathy and a sense of solidarity, combat discrimination and violence, and volunteer.

Examples of character education in schools

Various factors, including instincts, habits, heredity, and the environment, affect the failure or success of children’s character education. Character-building education, on the other hand, includes families, schools, and communities. Thus, schools, as part of the environment, play an important role in shaping children’s character.

In schools, national education can also be built through everyday activities and the example of Smart Teachers. Strengthening character education in schools can also be integrated through extracurricular, complementary, and curricular activities.

Basically, character-building education includes literacy (thoughts), ethics and spirituality (exercising the heart), aesthetics (taste), and kinesthetics (sports). These questions caught our attention when conducting character education in schools. Smart Teachers?